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  Caritas Carney Celebrates New Imaging Center

MRI Ribbon Cutting
Daniel O’Leary, MD, president (center), joins John Shaughnessy Sr., interim board chair, and Lawrence Feeney, president, CCH Foundation, in cutting the ribbon to unveil the new MRI scanner. They are joined, left to right, by Claire Mylett, MRI administrative assistant, Gerry Rocket, radiology manager, John Shaughnessy, John Chessare, MD, interim president & CEO of Caritas Christi Health Care, Dr. O’Leary, Lawrence Feeney, Richard Herman, MD, imaging services director, Elizabeth Curry, MRI tech aide, and Norman Farrar, RTR, MRI coordinator.

Caritas Carney Hospital held an Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the hopspital's Imaging Center, which now offers MRI testing, using a state-of-the-art scanner that delivers greater diagnostic detail in making more precise, faster diagnoses for all forms of disease.

The new MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanner is the latest addition to Caritas Carney Hospital’s Imaging Services, which also includes a PET/CT scanner designed to help physicians diagnose, localize and stage cancer faster than ever before.

“We are pleased to bring to the greater Dorchester community this advanced technology, affording local residents the convenience of location, comfort, and faster appointment scheduling,” noted Daniel H. O’Leary, MD, President of Caritas Carney Hospital. “This is one of many planned improvements for Caritas Carney this year.”

“The MAGNETOM Avanto symbolizes a new era of MR image quality and efficiency that allows us to obtain high resolution full-body images without ever stopping to reposition the patient,” said Richard Herman, MD, director of imaging services at Caritas Carney. “This will enable us to diagnose and treat patients in a more timely and comfortable manner.”

Dr. Herman also notes that the technology offers revolutionary comfort with feet-first exams, greatly decreasing anxiety for patients who are uncomfortable in small spaces. “It’s much quieter than conventional MRI scanners and its low-to-the-floor table position makes it easier for everybody, especially very sick patients,” he said.

MRI exams are booked through a dedicated scheduling system for faster appointments, making it easier for patients to get local care. Referring physicians receive a prompt turnaround time for written reports within 24 hours. Convenient parking is offered at no charge in the Seton Medical Office Building parking lot for easy access to the MRI service located close to the Medical Office Building entrance.

Caritas Carney Hospital is a community teaching hospital affiliated with Tufts University School of Medicine and a member of Caritas Christi Health Care, the second largest health care system in New England.