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Siemens unveils the world's first 3T MRI with a 70cm open bore

Siemens Healthcare Deutschland : 21 November, 2007  (New Product)
Siemens has introduced the world's first 3T MRI with a 70cm open bore - the Magnetom Verio.
Siemens is still the only company to offer open bore technology at 1.5T and now introduces that imaging strength at 3T. The configuration leads to improved patient comfort, better workflow and reduced costs in high-end MR imaging for the diagnosis of challenging diseases.

The Verio represents a complete new class of MRI technology that delivers high-field diagnostic imaging to patients who typically have not had access to MR imaging. Due to the system's 70cm bore diameter, the average distance between a patient's eyes and the magnet is 30cm, alleviating concerns of claustrophobia in many patients.

In addition, the wider space makes it possible to scan patients who could not be examined with the MRI system in the past, including those suffering from kyphosis (limited mobility) or those who are in pain, as well as paediatric and obese patients up to 550 pounds, those who are dependent on medical devices, those who are in intensive care, and those having to undergo intraoperative procedures.

With a system length of only 173cm, the Magnetom Verio is currently the shortest 3T MRI system on the market worldwide, while having the footprint of a 1.5T MRI system. Furthermore, it is equipped with a light magnet of six tons, compared to other 3T systems. Thanks to the system's smaller dimensions and lower weight, the installation costs for the Magnetom Verio are minimised and the system also uses a zero helium boil-off technology.

With Tim technology, coil setup for procedures on the Verio is easy and fast, and acquisition times are significantly reduced.

Up to 102 seamlessly integrated matrix coil elements and up to 32 independent radio frequency channels combine to enable advanced clinical applications on the Magnetom Verio, which can quickly and reliably allow physicians to evaluate complex pathologies. Even advanced applications can be performed as part of the daily routine, like syngo DTI (Diffusion Tensor Imaging), which provides complete 3D views of neuronal fibres just by pressing a few buttons.

The Magnetom Verio is available in a T-class configuration for shorter order-to-report turnaround time and a seamless workflow, and it is available in an I-class configuration that is capable of performing Siemens most advanced applications.

Orders for syngo TimCT have grown significantly since its general availability in July 2007. The syngo TimCT system is available exclusively on Siemens' T- class systems at 1.5T (Magnetom Avanto, Espree and Symphony) and at 3T (Magnetom Trio and Verio). The revolutionary syngo TimCT application allows physicians to acquire one complete planning scan, or peripheral angiography, in a single, continuous move.

With syngo TimCT, the table is not required to stay in a fixed position to acquire images. Instead the table moves continuously as it does during a Computed tomography (CT) scan, while Tim enables the signal to be acquired simultaneously. The results are significant speed-ups of workflow, increased image quality and the ability to perform new applications.

'Workflow has been greatly simplified. Previously, we needed up to twelve work steps from patient positioning on the MRI table to data acquisition, but today we only need six,' said Jorg Barkhausen, MD, assistant medical director and acting head, University Hospital Essen, Germany. 'This saves time and also reduces costs while increasing diagnostic safety. At the same time, syngo TimCT improves the image quality as the body region just being scanned is in the centre of the magnet.'

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