Siemens Healthcare today announced the first U.S. installation of its new 1.5 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging system, the MAGNETOM ESSENZA, at Battlefield Imaging of Ringgold, Ga.

Described as the premier choice for small hospitals and outpatient imaging centers, the MAGNETOM ESSENZA will allow Battlefield Imaging to provide its community with increased access to high-field MRI. The facility, built as a cutting-edge completely digital center, offers all aspects of diagnostic imaging services to include positron emission tomography-computed tomography.

"With a nationwide surge in demand for MR imaging, due to its ability to provide essential diagnostic information across a range of clinical specialty areas, we have been unable to keep pace with the imaging demands of our community," said John Nelson, M.D., medical director of Battlefield Imaging. "Siemens’ introduction of the MAGNETOM ESSENZA is especially important in today’s changing reimbursement environment. With MAGNETOM ESSENZA we were able to afford a new system, greatly expanding access to imaging diagnostics and, ultimately, improving patient care."