It was a special delivery at Strong Hospital Saturday; a whopping seven ton delivery to be exact. The new Tesla-One MRI was trucked in Saturday and was delivered via a crane into the five story building at the University Of Rochester Medical Center. While the hospital already has a few MRIs, this one is a first-of-its-kind for the Rochester area. The Tesla is the first open-space MRI in Rochester. Unlike traditional MRIs, patients can be scanned without having to be moved through a large tube.
"And this will help reduce the feeling of claustrophobia for the adult population. It also is pediatric friendly in that it's much less intimidating in terms of the looks of the machine," says Connie White, Clinical Operations director at URMC’s Imaging Sciences Department.
Often, small children will need to undergo anesthesia for full body scans. The new tesla-one eliminates the need for anesthesia in pediatric patients.