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Hitachi enhances Echelon 1.5T MRI scanner with new pulse sequence to carry out dynamic studies

Hitachi Medical Systems America : 26 November, 2007  (New Product)
Hitachi Medical Systems America has begun to offer a new pulse sequence, called Tigre, for its short-bore late-generation 1.5T magnetic resonance imaging scanner.
Tigre makes it possible for Echelon to obtain dynamic abdominal and bilateral breast studies with higher temporal and spatial resolution.

'When we designed Echelon, we incorporated patient friendly features,' according to Shawn Etheridge, director, MR Marketing. 'For one thing, the magnet allows nearly all studies, including those of the brain, to be done with the patient entering the magnet feet first. This scanner essentially provides a high performance short-bore magnet without some of the drawbacks typically associated with that design.'

Another feature that enhances the patient experience according to Hitachi is HOAST (Higher-Order Active Shim Technology). HOAST assures uniform RF fat saturation even in a large FOV, and drives excellent saturation in those cases where many other scanners require uncomfortable patient positioning. Echelon also includes the all plane/all coil RADAR patient motion compensating technique, minimising the need for patient restraint.
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