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Spectrum Health Strengthens Cardiac Imaging Program with New Cardiac MRI Suite

This magnet, called a Siemens 1.5 Tesla Sola, is located in the new Cardiac MRI Suite in the Meijer Heart Center.

The Spectrum Health Fred and Lena Meijer Heart and Vascular Institute recently took delivery of a new magnet, which strengthens its commitment to providing state-of-the-art cardiac imaging to patients in West Michigan. 

This magnet, called a Siemens 1.5 Tesla Sola, is located in the new Cardiac MRI Suite in the Meijer Heart Center, which opens to patients in mid-September. 

According to the hospital, Spectrum Health’s comprehensive Cardiac MRI Program is the only program in West Michigan that provides the full spectrum of advanced cardiac imaging, including stress cardiac MRI. 

We learned more about it from Dr. Wissam Abdallah, Medical Director of Cardiac MRI and Advanced Imaging Cardiologist at Spectrum Health.  

Dr. Abdallah said the new Cardiac MRI allows physicians to image the heart in ways other imaging modalities are not able to. 

He said a cardiac MRI examination, which typically lasts 45 to 60 minutes, gives the most accurate assessment of heart function and cardiac chamber sizes, accurate views of the valves, as well as direct visualization for any scarring of the heart muscle.  

Knowing all of that allows cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons to non-invasively determine which patients may benefit from invasive procedures such as cardiac stent placement or open-heart surgery.  

To learn more about the Cardiac MRI Program at Spectrum Health, visit their website here

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