Exclusively available at Tufts Medical Center, the state-of-the-art machine from Philips is the first in the United States to offer high-field 3T technology, A.I. deep learning; wide, open-bore setting; in-bore entertainment

Boston, Mass. (December, 2022) Shields Health, New England’s largest network of independent imaging centers, and Tufts Medical Center (“Tufts”), celebrated their new 3T open-bore MRI technology from Philips with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.  This MRI boasts high-field 3T technology and artificial intelligence, a wide, open-bore setting, and in-bore entertainment, making it the first machine within the Shields network to offer all of these new features. Tufts is also the first hospital in the United States to integrate Philips’ cutting-edge machine designed for superior patient comfort and image quality.


“We’re excited to offer this new technology at Tufts Medical Center to create a more tranquil and calming environment during the often-uncomfortable experience of MRI scans,” said Tom Shields, CEO of Shields Health. “This state-of-the-art imaging machine is the latest innovation designed to provide enhanced comfort, quality, and efficiency to our patients and we are proud to partner with Tufts to bring this advancement to the community.”


The first open-bore imaging option at Tufts, this new 3T MRI from Philips has a wider, 70-centimeter opening to offer maximum headroom for patients. This design offers increased comfort and relief for those who experience claustrophobia, anxiety, or fear before scans. In addition, this MRI system is the first at Tufts and within the Shields network to offer in-bore entertainment with immersive video, further enhancing the patient experience through a relaxing diversion.


Through the use of artificial intelligence, the machine boasts a shortened scan time of up to 50 percent and physicians will consistently see improved image clarity scans with reduced noise.


“We are proud to be the only Boston-area hospital to offer an MRI with this exceptional level of comfort and performance,” said Diana Richardson, President of Tufts Medical Center. “The new MRI provides a more relaxing experience for our patients through both shorter procedure times and a significantly improved test environment.  At the same time, the far superior image quality and enhanced artificial intelligence result in faster and better diagnostic images for our radiologists and referring physicians. This MRI is the latest example of how we are delivering on our mission to provide high-quality, innovative patient care.”


The ribbon-cutting ceremony at Tufts Medical Center attended by leaders from Shields Health and Tufts Medicine including physicians and medical staff throughout Tufts Medical Center.


MRI services operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at Tufts Medical Center, 800 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111. For more information on the new open-bore 3T MRI, visit




About Shields Health

Shields Health provides MRI, PET/CT, and ambulatory surgical services to patients at more than 50 locations, offering the largest and most technically advanced network of medical imaging and diagnostic treatment facilities in New England. With a focus on cutting-edge technology, provider expertise, and affordability, Shields prioritizes the patient experience above all. Shields Health is a family-owned and operated business proudly celebrating 50 years of service and innovation. For more information, visit



About Tufts Medicine and Tufts Medical Center

Tufts Medicine is the parent organization of Tufts Medical Center, a world renowned 415-bed academic medical center in Boston that cares for the sickest patients in the region, includes a level one trauma center and one of the largest heart transplant centers in New England, and also serves as the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. Tufts Medicine is also the parent organization of Lowell General Hospital, MelroseWakefield Healthcare, an expansive home care and hospice network, and a large clinically integrated physician network that cares for more than one million patients per year.  The health system is dedicated to providing patients with the highest quality of care as close to home as possible.