March 25, 2021
The new MRI on wheels is used for brain imaging and brought directly to the patient bedside making it easier and more convenient for emergency patients.
Hackensack Meridian JFK University Medical Center is the first hospital in New Jersey to operate a new portable MRI that can be wheeled to the bedside of critically ill patients.
The world’s first portable MRI called Swoop™, enables clinicians to obtain neurological images of critically ill patients at the point of care quickly and conveniently. The Swoop™ Portable MR Imaging System is made by Hyperfine Research.
“JFK University Medical Center prides itself on being at the leading edge of defining new standards of care for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke and neurovascular conditions,” said Amie Thornton, chief hospital executive, JFK University Medical Center. “Introducing Swoop portable MRI is the latest example of our commitment to providing our patients with the most technologically and clinically advanced care available anywhere.”
“As one of the top Stroke and Neurovascular Centers in the state, we are so very proud to be the first in New Jersey and one of the early adopters in the US, to utilize this MRI technology,” said Siddhart K. Mehta, M.D., Stroke and Neurovascular Center, JFK University Medical Center. “Our mission is to provide an outstanding level of comprehensive and specialized inpatient and outpatient care to patients who have neurovascular disease. With this technology, we are furthering our mission to provide a coordinated approach with the use of the most current and effective treatments and technology.”
Unlike traditional MRIs, Swoop™ was intentionally designed with technology that is usable in intensive care units and other hospital rooms where metal objects are common, making the experience more convenient for patients and providers.
“It is very exciting to bring Hyperfine to JFK,” said Blake Caplan, administrative director, Neuroscience Institute at JFK University Medical Center. “The ability to bring MRI to the bedside will help our center elevate the level of care and solve a number of logistical problems legacy solutions present.”
Some of the potential advantages of mobile MRI include:
- Scanning patients in the Emergency Department, decreasing wait times and speeding diagnosis
- Scanning COVID-19 patients at the bedside, decreasing the risks of transporting infectious patients through the hospital
- Improved monitoring of patients in the Neuro Intensive Care Unit as they recover
“We are proud to be working with JFK Neuroscience Institute and its certified comprehensive stroke center at JFK University Medical Center to bring this category-defining technology to the people of New Jersey,” said Dr. Khan Siddiqui, chief medical officer of Hyperfine.
“The Institute’s adoption of Swoop™ delivers a new diagnostic tool for essential, timely action in complex medical cases such as stroke, and will enable clinicians to enhance the excellent quality of patient care that JFK is known for.”
PHOTO CAPTION: JFK University Medical Center receives Hyperfine Research’s Swoop™ mobile MRI and immediately performs its first procedure at the bedside of a patient. The world’s first portable MRI enables clinicians to obtain neurological images of critically ill patients at the point of care quickly, conveniently and with results that are comparable to traditional MRI.
About JFK University Medical Center
Serving residents of central New Jersey for more than 50 years, JFK Medical Center offers a complete array of advanced services in its 498-bed facility located in Edison, N.J. With more than 1,000 affiliated physicians, this academic medical center offers a complete spectrum of advanced services including general and specialized surgery, cardiac care, maternity and pediatrics, oncology, imaging, breast center, sleep center, wound care, robotic surgery, emergency medicine, weight loss surgery, radiology, long term care and assisted living. It is home to the world-renowned Neuroscience Institute that diagnoses and treats brain, spine and nervous system disorders. To learn more, visit JFKMC.org.
About Hyperfine Research’s Swoop™ mobile MRI:
Hyperfine’s Swoop™ Portable MR Imaging system was cleared by the FDA in August 2020 and has been recognized by several leading organizations including the American College of Emergency Physicians, Frost & Sullivan and Aunt Minnie (a leading voice in radiology) as one of the most innovative diagnostic technologies available today.