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PRESS RELEASE: Bitcoin Payment Option Now Available To Patients At
Kingston Open MRI
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Bitcoin Payment Option Now Available To Patients At Kingston Open MRI
Kingston, Jamaica, (Monday December 30, 2013) - Kingston Open MRI now accepts Bitcoin as payment for Open MRI services. The Company began accepting Bitcoin on December 1, 2013.
In a statement issued today, Jean Edmond Gaetjens, Chief Executive Officer, said: “Kingston Open MRI is committed to outstanding patient care, innovation, and service. Identifying and implementing the latest technological advances to best provide care is of paramount importance. At present we are the only MRI provider using Open MRI technology in Jamaica, and our state-of-the-art picture archiving and communication system (PACS), which allows physicians and patients to access images and reports from anywhere in the world, stands at the cutting edge of the diagnostic process. Accepting the virtual currency, Bitcoin, as a method of payment for patient services is a continuation of this innovation”.
The acceptance of Bitcoin will broaden the payment options available to Kingston Open MRI patients, and allow them to take advantage of free payment processing. This revolutionary technology will especially benefit patients who utilize foreign remittances to pay for health service, as wire transfer fees are wholly circumvented.
Bitcoin is a four-year-old decentralized peer-to-peer (P2P) virtual global currency that is not issued by any country or government central bank. Still in its infancy, the virtual currency continues to evolve through the rigors of the free market. Bitcoin provides a path to lower payment-processing costs, and more secure transactions. A growing number of businesses are welcoming the virtual currency worldwide, including well-established, innovative businesses such as Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic.
About Kingston Open MRI:
Kingston Open MRI, located at 48 Constant Spring Road, provides the only Open MR imaging service in Jamaica. Kingston Open MRI offers unique capabilities in sub-specialty diagnostics that include neuroradiology, and musculoskeletal radiology, delivered by arguably the best Jamaican radiologists, who are complemented by American Board certified tele-radiologists. Kingston Open MRI, whose motto is “Care, Comfort and Convenience”, is committed to outstanding patient care, innovation and service.
Jean Edmond Gaetjens
Chief Executive Officer
Kingston Open MRI
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Kingston Open MRI does not expose your patients to magnetic fields that may have genotoxic1 effects or to sound levels in excess of 130 dBA2.
1 Lee, J. W., Kim, M. S., Kim, Y. J., Choi, Y. J., Lee, Y. and Chung, H. W. (2011), Genotoxic effects of 3 T magnetic resonance imaging in cultured human lymphocytes. Bioelectromagnetics, 32: 535–542. doi: 10.1002/bem.20664
2 J. Jerrolds, S. Keene: MRI Safety at 3T versus 1.5T. The Internet Journal of World Health and Societal Politics. 2009 Volume 6 Number 1. DOI: 10.5580/1db0
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Lee, J. W., Kim, M. S., Kim, Y. J., Choi, Y. J., Lee, Y. and Chung, H. W. (2011), Genotoxic effects of 3 T magnetic resonance imaging in cultured human lymphocytes. Bioelectromagnetics, 32: 535–542. doi: 10.1002/bem.20664
The clinical and preclinical use of high-field intensity (HF, 3 T and above) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners have significantly increased in the past few years. However, potential health risks are implied in the MRI and especially HF MRI environment due to high-static magnetic fields, fast gradient magnetic fields, and strong radiofrequency electromagnetic fields. In this study, the genotoxic potential of 3 T clinical MRI scans in cultured human lymphocytes in vitro was investigated by analyzing chromosome aberrations (CA), micronuclei (MN), and single-cell gel electrophoresis. Human lymphocytes were exposed to electromagnetic fields generated during MRI scanning (clinical routine brain examination protocols: three-channel head coil) for 22, 45, 67, and 89 min. We observed a significant increase in the frequency of single-strand DNA breaks following exposure to a 3 T MRI. In addition, the frequency of both CAs and MN in exposed cells increased in a time-dependent manner. The frequencies of MN in lymphocytes exposed to complex electromagnetic fields for 0, 22, 45, 67, and 89 min were 9.67, 11.67, 14.67, 18.00, and 20.33 per 1000 cells, respectively. Similarly, the frequencies of CAs in lymphocytes exposed for 0, 45, 67, and 89 min were 1.33, 2.33, 3.67, and 4.67 per 200 cells, respectively. These results suggest that exposure to 3 T MRI induces genotoxic effects in human lymphocytes. Bioelectromagnetics 32:535–542, 2011. © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.