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ZEPHYRHILLS, FL (04/15/16) – Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive diagnostic imaging exam of the soft tissue, bone, and muscle.  MRIs have become one of the fastest growing types of medical diagnostic tests in the United States. With Florida Hospital Zephyrhills’ recent installation of a MAGNETOM Aera 1.5 T MRI System from Siemens Healthcare, patients can now experience faster, more comfortable exams.

“Our imaging team is excited to offer the latest MRI technology to our community,” said Laurie Hitzel, Director of Imaging Services at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills.  “Our new MRI gives us the ability to deliver advanced technology, resulting in faster, high-quality images, with less stress for our patients.”

Benefits of the MAGNETOM Aera 1.5T

The MAGNETOM Aera boasts a wide open bore, which is the tube-like structure of an MRI machine where the patient lies during the imaging process.  This Open Bore design helps reduce the closed-in feeling of traditional MRIs and its short design allows for many exams to be performed with the patient’s head outside of the system.  And whether you’re big or small, short or tall, this system accommodates people of all sizes and weight up to 550 pounds.  

Additional patient-friendly features include a mood lighting application which allows patients to set the mood for their exam through custom lighting to create a more relaxed environment. And unlike traditional MRI scanners, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills is the first in the area to deliver an MRI equipped with Quiet Suite to reduce the noise during an exam, resulting in a more comfortable experience for patients.

The MAGNETOM Aera offers doctors an array of diagnostic possibilities and provides patients with a more comfortable experience.  Like all MRI’s the MAGNETOM Aera uses magnets that are measured in Tesla (T) to acquire images. At 1.5T, the MAGETOM Aera offers superb image quality that may be used for a wide range of medical needs – from orthopedic and sports- related injuries to breast cancer testing.  This system is designed to help physicians make quicker, more accurate diagnoses.
To schedule an MRI exam, patients should call (813) 783-TEST (8378).

About Florida Hospital Zephyrhills
Florida Hospital Zephyrhills is a 140-bed regional medical center located in East Pasco County.  It is a member of the Florida Hospital network of Adventist Health System, one of the largest health care providers in the state of Florida.  Florida Hospital Zephyrhills has been nationally recognized by the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association, The Joint Commission, and HealthGrades for excellence in providing top quality patient care with special emphasis on safety and patient outcomes. The award-winning Heart Institute has received recognition in the treatment of coronary intervention, heart failure, chest pain, open heart surgery, and electrophysiology procedures. The hospital offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient surgical offerings, including orthopedic services such as hip and knee replacement and advanced MAKOplasty® robotic partial knee replacement. The Women’s Health Center offers comprehensive services for women including gynecology, urology and pelvic floor health, labor and delivery through The Baby Place®, and breast care through the Simpson Breast Health Center. The hospital also offers 24/7 emergency services including a “fast track” option, imaging services, and the Center for Wound Healing. Visit for more information.

About Siemens Healthcare
The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world's largest suppliers to the healthcare industry and a trendsetter in medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, medical information technology and hearing aids. Siemens offers its customers products and solutions for the entire range of patient care from a single source – from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, and on to treatment and aftercare. By optimizing clinical workflows for the most common diseases, Siemens also makes healthcare faster, better and more cost-effective. Siemens Healthcare employs some 48,000 employees worldwide and operates around the world. In fiscal year 2010 (to September 30), the Sector posted revenue of 12.4 billion euros and profit of around 750 million euros. For further information please visit: