(Philadelphia, PA) - RT Image has chosen
the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
(HUP) as one of its “25 Most Influential” movers and
shakers in the radiology industry in 2006. Every year, RT Image
magazine presents its roster of radiology’s most powerful
people, institutions and organizations based on who has influenced
the radiology profession in a positive way in the last year.
RT Image selected HUP for its recent installation of three new,
state-of-the-art, high-powered MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
systems. The combination of the three units is a “Radiology
First” for any hospital in the United States, which is especially
fitting since HUP was the first hospital to get and use an MRI back
in 1984. The new machines include a 1.5 Tesla (T) wide-bore scanner
designed for larger and claustrophobic patients, a cardiac system
allowing physicians to capture a rapidly beating heart and a 3T
scanner permitting sharper brain imaging.
The publication also noted HUP as an innovator in PET/CT technology.
Employing the world’s first advanced “time of flight”
technology, pioneered in part at Penn, HUP’s uniquely outfitted
new PET/CT system captures an amazingly precise simultaneous structural
and functional “look inside the body.” By being able
to retrieve these excellent high-resolution functional images of
the body, radiologists are better able to detect what is wrong and
how to treat it.
Also, researchers at Penn will soon be armed with a new, cutting-edge
technological tool in the field of radiology - a 7 Tesla whole-body
MRI system. Penn’s Department of Radiology will become the
first in the Greater Philadelphia region to acquire one of these
ultra high-field scanners. Only a handful of them are in operation
elsewhere in the United States.
“It is an honor to receive this distinction. Penn has a rich
history of ‘blazing trails’ in the radiology field,”
comments Nick Bryan, MD, PhD, chair of radiology
at Penn. “With our ongoing innovative additions in radiology
systems and technology, we are in constant pursuit of higher quality
images for better diagnoses and treatment of our patients.”
PENN Medicine is a $2.9 billion enterprise
dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical
research, and high-quality patient care. PENN Medicine consists
of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in
1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of
Pennsylvania Health System.
Penn's School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for receipt
of NIH research funds; and ranked #3 in the nation in U.S.News &
World Report's most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical
schools. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the
School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education
and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and
leaders of academic medicine.
The University of Pennsylvania Health System includes three
hospitals, all of which have received numerous national patient-care
honors [Hospital of theUniversity of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania
Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical
Center]; a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network;
two multispecialty satellite facilities; and home care and hospice.