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Central Texas Medical Center: News

Central Texas Medical Center's new MRI machine reduces claustrophobia

SAN MARCOS, TEXAS – Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) recently invested in a new state-of-the-art MRI machine. The new Toshiba Vantage Titan 1.5T MRI is the only MRI machine on the I-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio to offer a 28-inch entrance, or large bore.

The large bore allows patients who suffer with claustrophobia to have a more comfortable experience during the test. In addition, the larger size allows CTMC to accommodate larger patients and eliminates awkward positioning to capture certain parts of the body.

“Technology upgrades such as the new MRI machine are important for our community,” said CTMC CEO/President Anthony Stahl. “We are proud to offer imaging services that enhance each patient’s experience and comfort.”

Another important feature of the Toshiba Vantage Titan 1.5T MRI is its capability to provide non-contrast MRIs. With this innovation, the CTMC medical imaging team is able to look at blood vessels without injecting contrast, which is an important upgrade for patients with kidney failure because they cannot be injected with contrasting dye.

“We have a large diabetic population here, and kidney failure is a common side-effect of the disease,” Stahl said. “The new MRI machine allows us to better serve these patients.”

In addition, the new MRI machine is 90 percent quieter than other machines.

Click here for more information about medical imaging at CTMC.


About CTMC 

The 178-bed hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 700 employees works with more than 220 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families. In 2015, the hospital was recognized by the independent Leapfrog group as the only recipient of an “A” rating for patient safety in the I-35 corridor. In addition to interventional cardiac services, CTMC is a Certified Chest Pain Center and an accredited Primary Stroke Center. CTMC leads the region in da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery and offers a variety of specialty care services including medical imaging, rehabilitation, home health care, hospice, women’s services and more. For more information, follow CTMC on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest, and visit our website at


Central Texas Medical Center
1301 Wonder World Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666