June 2011
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August 27, 2011


Quassy Amusement



4:00pm - 10:00pm


Music, raffles,

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           DRA is extremely excited to have the area's only 3T MRI at its Middlebury office.  We were the first to bring digital mammography to Waterbury and now we are the first to bring you this new amazing MRI technology.  DRA is committed to providing the quality, reliability and peace of mind that patients deserve and the diagnostic confidence fellow physicians have come to depend upon for their patients.  If your doctor is ordering a MRI for you or someone you know tell them you want the new 3T MRI at DRA in Middlebury!  You and your physician will be glad you did.
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 Donna Johnson 
Community Relations Liaison


With the arrival of the first 3T MRI in the Waterbury area at DRA we are now switching our question and answer section to MRI's. Kenneth Allen, MD, a partner at DRA and Director of Greater Waterbury Imaging will answer some of the most common asked questions concerning MRI.


MRI is a non-invasive imaging technique that produces pictures of the inside of the body, based on the interactions of radio-waves with hydrogen ions in a strong magnetic field. We are all composed of many different elements, constructed into molecules and larger structures of amazing complexity.  The most common element in the body is also the simplest element: hydrogen.  If a hydrogen atom

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donates or shares its single electron with another material, then the only remaining particle will be a proton, which has a positive charge.  At any point in time, billions of the hydrogen atoms in our bodies are ionized (stripped of their electrons), and because they are constantly spinning, the electrical charge in motion creates a mini-magnet.  If a person is placed in a large MRI magnet, the billions of mini-magnet hydrogen ions in the body line up with the larger magnetic field.

Radio-waves, such as we receive on our car radios, also carry their own magnetic field.  Each MRI machine has its own radio-transmitter built inside, which is used to transmit radio-waves into the patient.  The magnetic influence of these radio-waves disturbs the alignment of the mini-magnet hydrogen ions in the body.  When the radio-wave transmission is turned off (after just a few milliseconds) the disturbed ions line up again with the larger magnet, and in doing so give off their own energy in the form of tiny radio-waves.  All of those billions of little radio-waves are collected in a radio-receiver, also built into the MRI machine.  Those collected radio-waves are then sent to a computer, which constructs a picture of the the inside of the patient, based on the number, strength and location of all the little hydrogen ions which have declared themselves by broadcasting a little radio signal.
The pictures generated by this imaging tool provide a unique opportunity to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients in a way never before possible.


     DRA is extremely excited to bring the latest in MR imaging to the Greater Waterbury area.  3T MRI is the most significant advance in MR imaging quality in the past twenty years.  It provides unsurpassed image quality and resolution, outperforming lower strength MRI units.  3T MRI establishes a new benchmark in imaging, providing a level of clarity, detail and speed never before possible.


Why Patients Love 3T Ultra High Field MRI

  • Faster scan times
  • Widest opening of any 3T MRI available
  • More head, leg, and elbow room
  • Head outside magnet for many scans
  • Comfortable for patients up to 550 pounds
  • Ideal for claustrophobic and anxious patients
  • Receive a CD of your study, free of charge
  • Evenings and Saturday appointments available


          The new 3T MRI is located at our Middlebury office in the Straits Turnpike Office Park, Lower Level. Hours for MRI are Monday thru Friday 8:30am - 5:30pm with Tuesday and Thursday evening and Saturday appointments available.  Patients receive a CD of their study, free of charge. 

Home-to-Home Foundation's 7th Annual
                   Golf Tournament


    "Drives to Enhance Lives"

    The Home-to-Home Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing joy, purpose and fulfillment to nursing home residents.  This golf outing is a big fund raiser for the Foundation and there are many ways you can support this cause - sponsorships, tee signs, cart signs, foursomes, and raffle prizes!

    The tournment will be July 11th at Oxford Greens in Oxford.  Registration and lunch begin at 12:00PM with a "shotgun" start at 1:30PM.  The tournament features a $10,000 Hole-in-One Prize, silent auction, raffles and lots of fun.  Please come out and join us for this very special cause.  For more information go to 2011Drives to Enhance Lives.



June 22nd    Waterbury Regional Chamber's Health Care Council's Annual Awards Breakfast, Crowne Plaza, Southbury


July 11th    Home-to-Home Foundations 8th Annual Golf Tournament, Oxford Greens, Oxford


August 27th    Are You Dense Music Fest 2011, Quassy Amusement Park, Middlebury

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