The biggest reason why I go to Stanford for my followup tests, even though it's out-of-state for me, is because their MRI images/equipment is superior to what was available to me in my own state. Even I could immediately see the difference. My hypoglossal tumor, which is small, was initially overlooked because of fuzzy imagery in my MRIs taken near where I live. After the first MRI was taken at Stanford (on superior equipment), the radiologist noticed the tumor.
Even within the Stanford family of facilities, differences exist. Dr. Chang told me that the off-campus facility on Sherman Avenue that Stanford uses for imaging has the latest technology and offers superior imaging to that used at the imaging center in the Blake Wilbur building on-campus. Still, the Blake Wilbur MRIs were clearly (no pun intended) good enough to show my hypoglossal tumor.