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Alexandria VA Medical Center (VAMC) and Royal Philips announced recently that the VAMC’s Pineville, Louisiana, facility will be the first VA site to adopt the Philips Ingenia 1.5T Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) with in-bore Ambient Experience technology. The clinical suite offers a soothing patient experience with imagery, sound and light, helping to put patients at ease.

The Alexandria VAMC offers comprehensive acute and extended health care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics and extended care. The VAMC serves a potential veteran population of over 100,000 veterans, including community-based services at Fort Polk, Jennings, Lafayette, Lake Charles and Natchitoches, as well as an active patient roster of over 32,000 patients.

Unlike traditional X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging does not use ionizing radiation to provide high-quality images of the body, and includes contrast detail of soft tissue and anatomic structures like gray and white matter in the brain.