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3 Tesla + 70 cm + Tim = The Most Exciting Equation in MRI

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 General News J E 4
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MALVERN, Pa., Oct. 31 Combining 3 Tesla strength andsensitivity with a patient-friendly, open-bore design, Siemens MedicalSolutions (www.usa.siemens.com/medical) has introduced the MAGNETOM(R) Verio,a 3 Tesla (T) MRI system with a 70 cm open bore and Total imaging matrix(Tim(TM)) technology. Today marks the first time all these attributes havebeen combined in one solution. The Verio represents a new class of MRItechnology that increases access to advanced diagnostic capabilities. TheVerio delivers high-field imaging to many patients who could not benefit fromthe technology before.

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"The Verio will help open the doors to high-quality diagnostic imaging forpatients who typically have not had access to MR imaging, particularly thosewho are claustrophobic, in pain or discomfort or those who weigh up to 550lbs," said Jeffrey Bundy, vice president, Siemens Medical Solutions, MRDivision. "Healthcare providers will also realize numerous benefits, as theVerio will help to maximize volume and referrals by scanning a broader rangeof patients; increases throughput; and helps to minimize operating costsdelivered by the shortest, ultra-light magnet that can be sited into the samespace as a 1.5T system."

A Wide Range of Applications Serving a Greater Number of Patients

3T: With the strongest magnet field strength used clinically, the Veriocan be used for many applications, including neurology and functional neuroevaluation, orthopedic and cartilage assessment, breast, vascular and cardiacimaging. The 3T system optimizes parallel imaging, accelerates scan time andimproves visualization as well as patient throughput.

Bore: The Verio has the shortest length of any 3T system on the markettoday, along with a 70-cm bore, the largest available on the market today..These two attributes, which help reduce a patient's anxiety and discomfort,enable clinicians to expand care to otherwise hard-to-image patients, such aschildren, patients challenged because of pain and mobility, and the elderly.The larger space will also help when imaging claustrophobic patients becausefewer patients will need sedation or refuse MR imaging services. Patientaccess is improved for both intensive care patients and MRI-guidedinterventional procedures, and kinematic studies can be performed easier.

Table: The Verio may prove particularly valuable in treating obesepatients, an epidemic afflicting one in three Americans. Studies show thatobese people may not be able to access necessary medical care -- particularlymedical imaging -- due to the fact that in some cases they exceed a machine'sbore capacity and/or table weight. The Verio meets these challenges byoffering a bore that is larger than many conventional systems and a 550-lbtable-weight capacity.

Tim: The Verio, with the power of Tim, has up to 102 seamlessly integratedmatrix coil elements and up to 32 independent radiofrequency channels,enabling advanced clinical applications. Tim allows flexible combinations ofup to four different coils that make patient and coil repositioning virtuallyunnecessary. For example, clinicians can perform a whole central nervoussystem exam in less than 10 minutes. By providing increased speed andaccuracy, Tim helps makes every aspect of workflow more efficient andproductive.

Cutting-Edge Applications with syngo(R)

syngo MR, Siemens' highly intuitive user interface, enables clinicians toevaluate the most complex pathologies quickly and confidently. Now, for thefirst time, these high-field imaging applications are available on a 3T systemwith an Open Bore -- opening up access to a wider range of patients.Innovative applications include:

Delivering Images to Physicians

Tying it all together, the syngo Exper
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