Atlanta Medical Center – South Now Offers More Comfortable MRI

First in Georgia to offer wider MRI, soothing nature scenes

For someone who is claustrophobic, getting an MRI can be a difficult experience. Atlanta Medical Center- South is helping some patients breathe easier as they undergo the MRI process by offering new technology. The hospital is the first in Georgia to offer the widest MRI scanner available, the Hitachi Echelon Oval 1.5T MR system. It features an oval shape designed around the human body. It is targeted to patients who are broad-shouldered, obese, claustrophobic or anxious.

Along with the scanner, the hospital is the first in Georgia to offer Sentient Suites, which projects scenery and sounds onto the walls and ceiling during an MRI, to help ease a patient’s anxiety. With the tap of a tablet, patients can choose such scenes as: marine life, rainforest, Pacific sunset, mountains, rivers or a day at the zoo.

Patients can also enter the machine feet first, rather than head first, which can help ease anxiety.

The Echelon Oval combines patient comfort with powerful technology and an ultra fast workstation to make patient exams as quick and smooth as possible. Its imaging power is further boosted by an array of anatomically specific, optimized receiver coils that allow advanced imaging techniques currently available in the healthcare industry.

“We are aware that MRI testing can sometimes be stressful,” says Anthony Davis, director of Imaging Services at Atlanta Medical Center – South. “That’s why we are offering not only a wider MRI, but soothing nature scenes, music and sounds. This should be a much more pleasant experience for our patients.”

Atlanta Medical Center – South is located at 1170 Cleveland Ave., East Point, GA 30344. For more information or to make an appointment for an MRI, call 404.265.3828.

Founded in 1901, Atlanta Medical Center is a 762-bed acute care hospital, with campuses in downtown Atlanta and East Point.  It is the second largest licensed-bed hospital in Georgia. A teaching hospital, Atlanta Medical Center is a Level 1 Trauma Center and Advanced Primary Stroke Center, earning numerous national awards for its treatment of stroke. It is widely recognized for its women’s services program, including water births, and the hospital’s weightloss program is designated as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. Atlanta Medical Center is the Official Healthcare Partner of Georgia Tech Athletics and provides sports medicine coverage to Atlanta Public Schools student athletes. To learn more about Atlanta Medical Center, a facility accredited by The Joint Commission, visit