DEMC: First Private Malaysian Hospital Using True Digital Broadband MRI

DEMC Shah Alam held an event on 26th August 2017 to introduce one of its latest machines brought in to the hospital. In collaboration with Philips Healthcare, the MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is the first in Malaysia’s private hospital that is True Digital Broadband.

What Is MRI?

In case you didn’t know, MRI is a noninvasive medical test that is used to diagnose medical conditions. The machine will allow patient to lie down before powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer help produce pictures of organs, soft tissues, bones and pretty much every other internal body structure.

I have done MRI once before. I had a very bad memory problem for long months and I fear it had something to do with my brain. I was advised to go for MRI and see if there are any anomalies that causes this problem.

A few things you must be careful not to do when you are going to undergo MRI are:

  • Do not wear metal clothing or accessories (DEMC provides a gown)
  • Inform your radiologist if you have metal in your body or if you have a pacemaker
  • Inform your radiologist if you are or have a possibility of being pregnant
  • Inform your radiologist if you have any serious health problems or have recently undergone surgery

How Philips True Digital Broadband MRI Works

At the event, the Senior Manager Cardiac Angiography, Diagnostic Imaging Department, DEMC Specialist Hospital, Wan Mohd Fuad showed some slides of the difference between a regular MRI and the Philips Ingenia 1.5T MRI.

Wan Mohd Fuad

“A regular MRI can differentiate bone and grey matter but at a small scale whereas the Philips Ingenia 1.5T MRI machine, the grey matter is more obvious and would be easier to determine where problem lies.” – Wan Mohd Fuad.

Dr. Breil Stephane from Philips France was also at the event to further clarify what the Philips Ingenia 1.5T MRI machine can do. Dr Stephane has a PhD in NMR Spectroscopy from Paul Sabatier University, Toulase, France.

Dr Breil Stephane

“The 1.5T is a state of the art unit where the banging sound during scanning is minimized to make patient comfortable. Not only that, patient will also be able to listen to soothing music or movie during scanning procedure to reduce anxious feeling. The True Digital Broadband also allows images to be clearer because there are less time used for the wave to transfer the details to the computer.” – Dr. Stephane.

Not only that, this new machine is wider and the “tunnel” is bigger so that it can fit larger patients and also reduce anxiety in patients who are claustrophobic.

MRI scan can be done on various locations of the body including:

  • Abdomen/ Pelvis
  • MRCP
  • Brain
  • Shoulder
  • Spine – Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar
  • Toe, Ankle & Foot
  • Hand/ Fingers
  • Wrist/ Elbow
  • Knee

Other Treatments and Services at DEMC

DEMC is a boutique hospital that caters for your comfort and health quality. There are many other treatments and services available at DEMC to help you towards a healthy path.

DEMC provides various types of medical treatments, surgical procedures, treatment and counseling sessions and much more. Some of the treatments provided including:

X-ray Machine
Mammogram Machine
ExtraCorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy Machine (removal of gallbladder stones)

Built on a 2-acre land, this 9 storey building has a total of 130 beds with many other treatments and facilities.

AVISENA Specialist (Formerly known as DEMC Specialist)
No. 4, Jalan Ikhtisas, Seksyen 14,
40000 Shah Alam, Selangor Darul Ehsan,
(name of hospital updated on 19/9/19)

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