This advanced diagnostic equipment provides shorter exams and greater comfort for patients, while providing higher diagnostic confidence for doctors. Both CT and MRI exams are used when patients are ill or injured, or when a physician suspects a medical problem that is not easily detectable from a conventional physical examination.

The new GE Lightspeed VCT XT 64-slice CT computed tomography CT is now available at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. CT technologists underwent extensive training for the new technology earlier this month in preparation for its arrival. The CT delivers high quality images of the body, brain and heart with improved resolution. Most importantly, the 64-slice CT requires less radiation.

The new Signa HDx 1.5T MRI from GE Healthcare, which delivers highly detailed images of the human body with increased speed, better resolution and unique applications, is slated to come online this fall.

“These additions complements and extends the range of quality diagnostic services that Hallmark Health System offers residents north of Boston,” said Eric Henrikson, MD, chairman of Imaging Services at Hallmark Heath System. “It provides us with vastly improved image quality and imaging speed, and enhances overall diagnostic confidence we have in all of our studies.”

For more information about these diagnostic services, call John Seccareccio, manager of imaging services for Hallmark Health System, at 781-279-2213 or visit


Hallmark Health System is the premier, charitable provider of vital health services to Boston's northern communities. The system includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford, Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Melrose, Hallmark Health Cancer Center, Stoneham, The CHEM Center for MRI, Stoneham, Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading, Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice, Malden, Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, Medford, and Ell Pond Medical Associates. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts Medical Center for neonatology.

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