The 3 Tesla MRI is more than just advanced technology. The system is helping doctors save lives.
"The big deal is that it provides a faster scanning time," said Dr. Daniel Crosby a Radiologist with the Medical X-Ray Center.
"This gives us the flexibility in dealing with certain types of patients."
Keith Miller, Director of Imaging Services, says that having this unique technology helps Avera McKennan be the leader in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.
"We're the only one in the state of South Dakota that can actually do 3 Tesla MRI biopsis. This has really helped in the diagnosis of breast and other cancers," he said
Dr. Crosby says it also helps him see sharp images of internal organs and detect tumors.The machine is also useful for brain imaging. It helps diagnose patients with head trauma, brain tumors, birth defects and other problems.
Another benefit is that cancer specialists do not have to wait for weeks to see whether chemotherapy treatment is shrinking a tumor: With the 3 Tesla MRI doctors know right away whether tumor cells are dying.