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Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital Installs Groundbreaking, Patient-Focused, MRI System Inside its Stat-of-the-Art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

New Haven, CT, November 29, 2020 – Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital (YNHCH) opened its state-of-the-art neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in 2018, demonstrating the hospital’s continued commitment to provide the best in advanced care for premature babies and infants with medical complications. Their commitment is further strengthened with the installation of the new Embrace® Neonatal MRI system from Aspect Imaging, the first FDA-approved, CE marked compact MRI system designed specifically for use inside the NICU.

The Embrace® system produces quality diagnostic images when they are needed right inside the NICU, eliminating the risks, challenges, time, and added stress often associated with having to transport critically-ill babies to the Radiology department for scanning.

“The Embrace® Neonatal MRI system keeps us at the cutting edge of neonatal care and moving forward,” says Dr. Matthew Bizzarro, medical director of the NICU. “It gives us the ability to really get critical and timely scans of our most critically-ill babies with relative ease. The location of the MRI and the ability to accommodate complex patients with a lot of support apparatus that we currently cannot accommodate with traditional MRI, is hugely beneficial.”

The Embrace features a thermo-controlled patient bed with closed-loop air circulation to help maintain the baby’s core temperature and comfort, and a tubing management system to accommodate continuous monitoring with existing IV lines, respiratory circuits, and monitoring leads. The system’s quiet operation creates much less noise than traditional MRI scanners, to avoid exposing the baby to harmful sound levels and protecting the quiet environment necessary in the NICU. Additionally, the Embrace® allows parents to remain close to their baby, while the full-color video display enables continuous visual contact throughout the scanning process.

Among the many unique features of the Embrace® Neonatal MRI system is its small footprint. Unlike traditional scanners, it has a much smaller profile, allowing it to fit perfectly within the NICU, where space is often limited. Featuring a self-shielded design, the Embrace® also eliminates the need for special room construction, cooling or electrical requirements associated with traditional MRI systems. Having the system inside the NICU helps simplify the workflow for the care team, while mitigating potential scheduling challenges with the Radiology Department.

“What the Embrace® MRI shows is that we, as an institution, are continuing to try to move patient care forward,” adds Dr. Bizzarro. “That has been incredibly challenging, given the situation that our health system, and all other health systems are facing with the pandemic. Adding this system to our NICU really is a huge step forward for the safety and care of our patients.

“We are extremely pleased to have our first clinical installation of the Embrace® in the United States at such a prestigious organization as Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, says Wendy Slatery, Chief Commercial Officer for Aspect Imaging. “It exemplifies our shared commitment to advancing care for these precious patients. The Embrace® Neonatal MRI System will effectively serve to support the hospital’s mission to deliver the best in family-focused care solutions to optimize patient outcomes, while at the same time, improving staff productivity and satisfaction.”

About Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital (YNHCH)

Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital (YNHCH) offers Connecticut’s largest and most comprehensive array of pediatric services. With 212 licensed beds, YNHCH includes two neonatal intensive care units, a pediatric cardiac intensive care unit, a pediatric intensive care unit, a 24-hour pediatric emergency room and a pediatric surgery center. YNHCH, with campuses in New Haven and Bridgeport, is part of the nationally recognized Yale New Haven Hospital, a 1,541-bed not-for-profit teaching hospital affiliated with Yale School of Medicine. The Yale New Haven Hospital campuses and associated ambulatory sites are Magnet-designated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. In addition to its inpatient units, YNHCH has three Pediatric Specialty Centers in New Haven and others in Norwalk, Greenwich, Trumbull and Old Saybrook to provide specialty care to children closer to their communities.

For more information about Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital (YNHCH), contact the Office of Public Relations by email at . Or visit the website at

About Aspect Imaging

Aspect Imaging is a world leader in the design and development of compact MR imaging

systems for research and clinical applications. Our breakthrough technology in compact, high-performance, permanent magnets, offers disruptive MR solutions designed to address unmet needs in research and medical applications, providing the highest quality images possible for the benchtop or at the point-of-care.

For more information about Aspect Imaging, contact Wendy Slatery at or call 1-866-609-1554.