NEW 1.2 OPEN MRI IN PRINCE FREDERICK - High Quality, High Field Strength

Posted on: 11/29/2010

Prince Frederick, Maryland - Radiology Imaging Associates, with five comprehensive diagnostic outpatient imaging centers in southern Maryland and northern Virginia is installing the latest technology “High Field Strength” Open MRI system in its Prince Frederick imaging center.  The new Hitachi Oasis 1.2 Tesla Open MRI is one of only 77 similar machines currently installed in the U.S.  This unique system provides the most open architecture and highest field strength of any open MRI in existence.  The center will be scheduling patient appointments for this imaging system in late December 2010.

With their new Open MRI, RIA promises to offer patients and the medical community in southern Maryland a greatly improved patient experience.  Open MRI has historically been an option for large patients, children and patients with claustrophobia who have challenges tolerating the confinement of traditional bore-type MRI, but open MRI technology has not previously delivered high resolution image quality comparable to conventional high-field strength MRI systems.  The Oasis system combines wide-open magnet architecture and 1.2 Tesla high field-strength technologies, so patients can have a comfortable experience and referring physicians can have the high quality images they require for confident diagnosis.

 “The 1.2 Tesla Oasis Open MRI enables us to image patients up to 660 pounds, and provide our elderly, pediatric and claustrophobic patients with comfort, while simultaneously providing image quality comparable to our high-field strength bore type systems,” stated Joseph P. Finizio, M.D., President and Medical Director of RIA.  “We’ve wanted to bring an open MRI to southern Maryland for many years but didn’t want to compromise on quality of image. We waited until a machine of this caliber was available. Now, the conflict between comfort and quality has been resolved to the benefit of all.”

The Oasis is the most powerful Open MRI system available today and combines a comfortable patient experience with powerful technology to make imaging procedures as quick and easy as possible. The Open MRI is fully capable to deliver all of the most advanced imaging applications ranging from vascular, to orthopedic, to women’s imaging including breast MRI and MRI guided breast biopsy.

“Having delivered uninterrupted, comprehensive outpatient imaging in southern Maryland for over 35 years, we are very excited to introduce this new technology as a complement to our services,” stated Dr. Finizio.  “We continue to work hand in hand with our cadre of established referring physicians in southern Maryland, to enhance the quality of healthcare delivery for all of the residents of this area.”

The Oasis Open MRI will be installed in a newly constructed, dedicated private suite, adjacent to RIA’s full service diagnostic imaging facility in Prince Frederick at 230 W. Dares Beach Road, near the Safeway, in the Patuxent Health Center. The MRI hours will be expanded from 7:00 am to 7:30 pm, Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment, patients can call 301-855-9754 and press option 2 to speak with our scheduling representatives, or request an appointment online at

About Radiology Imaging Associates
Radiology Imaging Associates (RIA) has five full-service outpatient diagnostic imaging centers in Maryland and Virginia.  Led by CEO and Medical Director Joseph P. Finizio, M.D., RIA has built a respected and solid reputation by continuously providing state of the art imaging technology for 35 years.  RIA has 14 board-certified radiologists who have considerable expertise in their chosen field including additional subspecialty training.  Virginia locations include RIA at Sterling and RIA at Lansdowne; Maryland locations include RIA at Heritage & the Breast Center in Clinton, RIA at Pembrooke in Waldorf, and RIA at Patuxent in Prince Frederick. For more information please contact Heidi Valbusa at 301-856-6718 x614, or via email at  Visit us on the web at

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