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Improving the future of medical imaging

How revolutionary are recent advances in medical imaging? Imagine pictures so lifelike, so multidimensional that cardiac surgeons can perform heart surgery on the basis of these images alone — without performing an angioplasty.

Chicago-area businessman John M. Boler and his wife, Mary Jo, recently donated $20 million to bring this leading-edge technology to Rush University Medical Center. Their gift will create one of the most advanced imaging centers in the country to help physicians better diagnose and treat patients for everything from heart attacks to cancers.

The Boler’s gift will allow Rush to acquire the most sophisticated and advanced medical imaging technology available, and will also go toward the construction of special facilities to house the imaging devices. “It’s not just a better picture,” says Larry Goodman, MD, president and CEO of Rush. “It’s about new ways to diagnose disease that allow you to see more without cutting, which is better overall for the patient.”

The Mary Jo and John M. Boler Centers for Advanced Imaging will be part of the new construction that Rush will begin in the next few years to expand its west-side campus. The Boler gift is the largest single donation to Rush since its founding in 1837, and one of the largest gifts ever to a Chicago-area hospital.

“Both Mary Jo and I have been patients at Rush,” says Boler, “so we know firsthand what Rush’s historic commitment to excellence in patient care means. By investing in state-of-the-art imaging technology and facilities, we can help elevate patient care across every specialty at Rush.”

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