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Charing Cross Hospital orders high-field MRI via the NHS Supply Chain Framework

Siemens Healthcare UK : 10 January, 2008  (New Product)
Charing Cross Hospital in West London, part of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, has ordered Siemens' MagnetomVerio 3T MRI scanner to extend the quality of the hospital's patient care
Siemens Healthcare's new technology is the first of its kind for the NHS and also the first MRI to be purchased via the new NHS Supply Chain framework.

The Magnetom Verio is a high-field, 3 Tesla MRI system with a 70cm open bore and Total Imaging Matrix (Tim) technology. The system represents a new class of MRI technology that opens the door to high-field imaging for routine clinical procedures at an affordable price point. The new 3T system at Charing Cross Hospital will complement an existing 1.5T MR expanding the quality of patient care.

“The Magnetom Verio is an exciting addition to our MR product range. It delivers high performance, whilst also representing a sound investment for the future,” stated Julie Shepherd, MR product manager at Siemens Healthcare. “Three Tesla MR has traditionally been the reserve of high-end diagnostic imaging in university or research institutions. Siemens Healthcare has now pushed the boundaries of innovation to offer the very latest equipment for mainstream clinical procedures.”

The Charing Cross Hospital order was placed via the new NHS Supply Chain initiative, a framework offering multiple imaging modalities under one agreement from the industry’s leading suppliers. Jason Lavery, NHS Supply Chain’s clinical markets business manager, commened, “We’re delighted that the first MRI purchase via the new supply chain framework has happened so swiftly and smoothly. This is a fine example of how the new NHS procurement process can alleviate lengthy tenders and offer enhanced support to NHS Trusts in the selection of imaging systems.”

The Magnetom Verio offers a number of advantages to hospitals and diagnostic centres. With the strongest magnet field strength used clinically, it can be used for many applications, including neurology and functional neuro evaluation, orthopaedic and cartilage assessment, breast, vascular and cardiac imaging. The 3T system optimises parallel imaging, accelerates scan time and improves visualisation as well as patient throughput.

The system is the shortest 3T MR in the marketplace at 173cm, with a compact footprint of 33m and ultra light magnet. No computer room is required, just two electronic water cooled cabinets that can be conveniently placed against the wall. The system also offers a 70cm open bore. The larger space assists in the examination of claustrophobic and clinically obese patients.

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