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New motion compensating image collection technique offers MR image quality gains

Hitachi Medical Systems America : 16 May, 2007  (New Product)
Hitachi Medical Systems America has provided a RADAR new motion compensating image collection feature together with a software update to all of its Echelon 1.5T MR imaging system users.
RADAR is based on a radial k-space data collection approach delivering reduced vulnerability to both bulk and physiological motion.

Images collected with RADAR are typically free from artifacts caused by breathing, gross motion and flow.

'RADAR delivers unique image quality benefits and potential reduction in patient study times', according to Shawn Etheridge, director of MR marketing for Hitachi Medical Systems America.

'We see RADAR as another way to conform the MR image collection process to the patient, and not the other way around'.

Daniel Chernoff MD, PhD, director of MRI Services for Adirondack Radiology Associates, said, 'I find Hitachi's RADAR technique to be a real problem solver at our Saratoga Imaging Center - it is very useful in imaging the patient who has difficulty remaining motionless during scanning and in reducing respiratory motion artifact in body imaging'.

Dr Chernoff added, 'A nice feature of RADAR is its broad applicability - I use it for Neuro, Ortho and Body imaging with complete flexibility of imaging plane'.

'The radial scan techniques like RADAR should be in the standard 'bag of tricks' for high-field MR imaging'.

Hitachi Medical Systems America markets premium and high performance Magnetic resonance imaging systems of Hitachi Medical, Tokyo, Japan.

The company has 1,500 Open Magnetic resonance imaging systems installed throughout the United States and over 3,100 Open MRI systems installed worldwide.
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