A Magnetic Presence: Siemens New MRI Systems Pulling More Patients Toward the Benefits of MR Imaging

Wednesday, November 21, 2007 General News
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MALVERN, Pa., Nov. 20 Siemens Medical Solutions(www.usa.siemens.com/medical) is once again paving the way to increased accessto essential imaging services with the introduction of two new magneticresonance imaging (MRI) systems. At a 1.5 Tesla (T) magnetic field strength,the MAGNETOM(R) Essenza is the most affordable*, all-new MRI system on themarket today. It was designed from the ground up to deliver high-field imagingat a low purchase price with similarly low installation and operational costs,compared with traditional MRI systems. The Essenza helps smaller healthcarefacilities offer a new range of imaging services that were previouslyunavailable. Siemens new MAGNETOM Verio combines excellent image quality at 3Tfield strength and a 70-cm open bore that offers exceptional patient comfortin one solution. Additionally, the Verio increases access to high-fieldimaging services for patients who previously could not be imaged, likepatients who are obese (up to 550 lbs.) or claustrophobic.

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Both of these systems offer Siemens unique Tim(TM) (Total imaging matrix)technology, which eliminates the need for patient repositioning and manualcoil changes during scans, while significantly enhancing image quality. Timtechnology can help MRI departments achieve advanced clinical and workflowcapabilities.

Siemens will showcase these new systems along with a host of other MRIinnovations at the 93rd Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of theRadiological Society of North America (RSNA) from November 25 to 30 in Chicago(Booth #7713, Hall B).

"Siemens is helping to break down barriers and opening up access to MRimaging," said Walter Marzendorfer, president, Siemens Medical Solutions, MRDivision. "Our technologies provide solutions for providers and patients thataddress everything from workflow improvement to the cost of technology tomedical conditions that previously hindered MR imaging for those who needed itmost."

MAGNETOM Essenza, the Most Affordable, All-New 1.5T MRI

Siemens recently introduced the groundbreaking 1.5T MAGNETOM Essenza, anMRI system that can be as much as $500,000 less than other, new 1.5T systems.*The system offers innovative technologies that support a facility's clinicaland financial success. In addition to the low initial investment, savings ofup to 25 percent can also be attained on installation costs for space, powerrequirements and construction.* In part, this is due to the magnet's lightweight of only 3.5 tons. This gives a facility more installation options asthe magnet can be installed on higher floors. Furthermore, the MAGNETOMEssenza has a short length of only 145 cm, which is the second shortest systemlength offered by Siemens. If the system is replacing an existing MRI, it canreduce energy consumption by up to 50 percent thanks to its high-performanceelectronics.* The magnet also has zero helium boil-off so there is no need toregularly refill the expensive cooling substance, and the system is alwaysready for operation.

With powerful 30 mT/m gradients, the Essenza delivers excellent imagequality for all clinical applications. Another innovation on the Essenza isthe IsoCenter Matrix coil, which is installed at the center of the magnet, soit is always in the correct position, providing a simple workflow solutionthat leads to outstanding image quality.

In October, Siemens opened voting for a national contest atwww.winanmri.com. The program invites healthcare facilities with 180 beds orless that currently do not have a fixed MRI system to display their creativityand dedication to patient care by stating a two-minute case in short videosthat prove why they should receive a free, new Essenza MRI from Siemens.Individuals from across the country can view the videos on the Web site andchoose which facility they believe is most des

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