For Immediate Release

Contact: Joel Ranck


Bethesda MRI Makes MRIs More Tolerable, Accessible

June 21, 2004 Bethesda, MD – Today Bethesda MRI opened its doors at 7830 Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda and announced the availability of the quiet VantageTM MRI system from Toshiba America Medical Systems.  This MRI, the first of its kind installed in the Mid-Atlantic region, caters to patient sensitivities while obtaining a gold standard level of imaging.

The VantageTM MRI made by Toshiba, available at Bethesda MRI adds “quiet” to the list of patient-friendly qualities. This system is equipped with Toshiba’s patented PianissimoTM noise reduction technology, effectively reducing scan noise by as much as 90 percent.   This scanner also includes other patient-friendly features like one of the world’s shortest  tunnel and an extra wide opening as part of its patient comfort focused design. This spacious design minimizes the claustrophobic feeling of being inserted into a tube-like machine.  This patient comfort feature minimizes movement which improves image  precision. The Vantage TM adds the final piece of reassurance to a concerned patient by eliminating many of the traditional anxiety producing elements typically associated with MRIs that may have previously deterred them from having the procedure done.

“The Vantage™ is very quiet unlike typical MRIs that have a “jackhammer” sound, which many patients find disturbing. Bethesda MRI is built around the concept of removing patient fear from the imaging process so that more patients can benefit from the high quality of imaging diagnostics available today.”

Bethesda MRI is the newest and most advanced MRI center in Montgomery County.  It provides a full range of MRI imaging and the highest quality service and technology to patients and physicians in a relaxed setting.  The full-time staff includes a board-certified technologist and trained patient advocates. 

About Toshiba America Medical Systems
Toshiba America Medical Systems (Tustin, Calif.) markets, sells, distributes and services diagnostic imaging systems and coordinates clinical diagnostic imaging research for all modalities in the United States/  Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation, an independent group company of Toshiba Corporation, is a global leading provider of diagnostic medical imaging systems and comprehensive medical solutions, such as CT scanners, X-ray, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, MRI equipment and information systems for medical institutions.  Toshiba Corporation group is a leader in information and communications systems, electronic components, consumer products, and power systems.  Toshiba has 166,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $47 billion.