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2005 Press Releases
Morton Plant Patients Benefiting from Comfort & Speed of New MRI & CT

CLEARWATER, Fla., (September 29, 2005)- Radiology patients visiting Morton Plant Hospital are experiencing expedited medical exams in a soothing, calming atmosphere with the new 3T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system and the 40-slice computed tomography (CT) system.

"The new MRI and CT not only provide the most advanced technology available for diagnosis and treatment, they afford patients greater comfort during an exam with immediate results. This is a new level of excellence for Morton Plant's comprehensive radiology program benefiting the community," said Morton Plant Mease Health Care President and Chief Executive Officer, Philip K. Beauchamp.

Called the Siemens SOMATOM(r) Sensation 40 computed tomography (CT) system, the 40-slice CT located in the Carlisle Diagnostic Imaging Center on the Morton Plant campus in Clearwater, Florida, is technology that just became available in the United States in May 2005. This latest addition to Morton Plant's radiology program has the ability to produce high-resolution images in a fraction of a second.

The 3T MRI at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Florida can be used to scan all organs and body regions. It opens new doors to applications, including abdominal, cardiac, spine, orthopaedic and whole-body scanning.

"An MR angiography, scan of blood vessels, can be done in many cases in less than 30 seconds of scanning time," said Robert S. Howard, M.D., Morton Plant neuroradiologist.

Dr. Howard adds that because Morton Plant has a team of radiologists and anesthesiologists on site, the 3T MRI also can be used to scan patients with specific needs such as conscious sedation.

"The patient is monitored throughout the entire process, ensuring their safety and giving them access to the latest advancement in radiology - the 3T MRI," said Dr. Howard.

The 3T MRI, officially named the MAGNETOM Trio(tm), was introduced by Siemens Medical Solutions in Chicago, December 2004. Plans are underway to add Tim(tm) (Total imaging matrix) technology to Morton Plant's 3T MRI system in August 2005. According to Siemens Medical Solutions, Tim(tm) eliminates the need for patient repositioning during a MRI and provides even greater enhanced image quality.

Established in 1916, Morton Plant Hospital is a 687-bed facility. Our commitment to improving the health of everyone we serve is reflected in our community partnerships and many honors. Since 1999 Morton Plant has been awarded 13 Top 100 Hospital designations in the areas of cardiovascular, stroke, orthopaedic and overall care by the Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success. Morton Plant also has received the Gold Seal of ApprovalTM for Primary Stroke Care from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and has partnered with H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute at the University of South Florida, Tampa to provide research and services for cancer patients. Morton Plant Hospital is located at 300 Pinellas Street, Clearwater, Fla., (727) 462-7000.

Contact: Beth Hardy (727) 298-6199 Phone, Amy Morrow (727) 461-8538 Phone, (727) 468-7586 Pager