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L.A.'s Newest Advanced Imaging Center Houses New GE 64-Slice PET/CT and 3T MRI in Spa-Inspired Environment
Date:3/9/2009

LOS ANGELES, March 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Los Angeles Advanced Imaging, L.A.'s newest diagnostic imaging center, offers advanced technology that enables physicians to provide more accurate diagnoses earlier, often resulting in better outcomes for patients.

On the campus of White Memorial Medical Center in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles Advanced Imaging combines the comforts of a spa -- including serene colors, soft lighting, and a bubbling fountain -- with excellent medical expertise, exceptional service and two of the most sophisticated pieces of diagnostic imaging equipment found anywhere -- a 64-slice PET/CT and a 3T MRI.

"With this latest technology, physicians can offer painless alternatives to invasive procedures and detect disease earlier, when treatment is more likely to succeed," said Edward Gabriel, MD, Diagnostic Radiologist and Medical Director of Los Angeles Advanced Imaging. Additionally with the new technology, physicians can:

  • Pinpoint the location of a tumor, determine whether it is cancerous, what stage it is in and how aggressive it is
  • Survey the whole body for cancer that may have spread
  • Plan precise surgeries or radiation treatments
  • More clearly assess breast health
  • Monitor the success of cancer therapy
  • Scan the entire heart in one brief breath-hold to assess heart attack damage and locate blockages
  • Offer cardiac CT with up to 70% less radiation exposure
  • Diagnose brain and nervous system conditions
  • Perform quick, accurate cartilage assessments
  • Get answers faster, with exams as brief as 30 minutes

"As other hospitals are reducing services, we're proud to be able to offer this higher level of service to our community and the Greater Los Angeles region," said Beth Zachary, FACHE, president and CEO of WMMC. "We can do this thanks to the continued support from our donors and community leaders."

The GE Signa 3.0T MRI is the most powerful scanner on the market. It provides clearer, more precise images that show previously undetectable details, at scan times that are 35-45 percent faster than its predecessors. Patients need only half the dose of contrast dye (given to differentiate tissue types on the MRI image). The machine has a generous opening and full field of view for more comfortable patient exams, which means fewer rescans are needed because the patient moved during the scan.

The GE Discovery PET/64-slice CT combines two powerful technologies -- volume computed tomography (VCT) and positron emission tomography (PET). The 64-slice CT scanner uses X-rays to take credit-card-thin pictures--called "slices." A computer combines the pictures to form a three-dimensional image. The PET scanner provides information about the metabolic activity of tissue. Cells with higher-than-normal metabolism, such as tumor cells, appear as bright area--or "hot spots"-- on the images. Both CT and PET images are combined into a single picture, with unmatched clarity and diagnostic information.

With other systems, comparing PET and CT images is difficult, since the images are taken at different times using different scanners. Because patients are not in identical positions for both scans, the two images don't match exactly. By fusing images--taken at the same time--from both scanners, this system yields pictures that are clearer, more detailed, more accurate and more meaningful.

Los Angeles Advanced Imaging is located just minutes from downtown L.A, on the campus of White Memorial Medical Center, at 1700 Cesar E. Chavez Ave, Suite 1800.

White Memorial Medical Center is a 353-bed, not-for-profit, faith-based, teaching hospital that provides a full range of inpatient, outpatient and emergency services to communities in and near downtown Los Angeles. Services include The Heart and Vascular Care Center, the Centers for Orthopedic Care, Cecilia Gonzalez De La Hoya Cancer Center, Oscar De La Hoya Labor and Delivery Center, children's services, emergency services, rehabilitation and behavioral medicine. For more information, visit www.whitememorial.com.

White Memorial Medical Center is part of Adventist Health, a not-for-profit, faith-based health system operating in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Founded on the Seventh-day Adventist heritage of Christian health care, Adventist Health is comprised of 18 hospitals with more than 2,800 beds, nearly 18,000 employees, numerous clinics and outpatient facilities, the largest system of rural health clinics in California, 15 home care agencies and three joint-venture retirement centers with a fourth on the way. For more information, visit www.adventisthealth.com.


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