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Thursday, May 12 2011
Press release

A sophisticated new machine for early detection of neurological disorders

Montreal, May 12th, 2011 - Thanks to a donation from Opération Enfant Soleil, the CHU Sainte-Justine is proud to inaugurate its new Opération Enfant Soleil 3 Tesla MRI Room, featuring a new state-of-the-art imaging system, the 3 Tesla MRI. Developed for clinical research in neuroscience and cancer, the 3 Tesla MRI will be used namely for detecting early signs of brain cancer and epilepsy.

“The magnetic field generated by the 3 Tesla MRI is twice the strength and yields fast, high-resolution images of exceptional anatomic detail that other systems cannot provide,” said Dr. Josée Dubois, Head of the Department of Medical Imaging and Director of Education at the CHU Sainte-Justine. “Our objective is to provide early treatment to our patients in order to increase their chances of full recovery,” she added.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive technique that uses magnetic signals rather than ionizing radiation to obtain 2D or 3D images of the internal structure of the human body. It is mainly used to detect pathological and physiological changes of live tissues. It shows us the body’s different tissues and helps us better understand their function. The MRI must not be confused with the X-ray, which is used to visualize bones; or with computed tomography (CT scan) and positron emission tomography (PET scan), which are used to generate other types of images. Using different sequences, the MRI offers much better contrast between the different soft tissues than the CT scan.

The MRI has become the preferred choice for identifying brain and musculoskeletal disorders and is increasingly being used in new clinical applications. In fact, it is now being employed in combination with other techniques, such as vascular or cardiac imaging, in addition to generating images of certain physiological processes not visible through other imaging modalities.

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