The Philips Ingenia MR system incorporates an integrated, hidden posterior coil enabling full body coverage. It eliminates the need to place multiple connecting coils around various parts of the body. This approach allows each patient a more comfortable experience regardless of their unique imaging needs, the company says.
Today (Nov. 28) at the 96th annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago, Royal Philips Electronics showcased Philips Ingenia, which is claimed to be the first-ever digital broadband magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) solution.[ Also Read: Hot Show for 40 Ways to Better Sex Tonight ]
According to the company, the Philips Ingenia MR system is pending U.S. FDA 510(k) and is not available for sale in the U.S.
In order to visualize detailed structures within the human body, MRI orchestrates the application of radio frequency (RF), audio frequency and static magnetic fields, the strength of which is measured in Tesla (T) units.[ Also Read: Celebs Join Hands to Ensure Baby Health ]
Clinicians have long relied on MRI for its exceptional ability to differentiate various soft tissues. Until now, all MRI systems have utilized analog components for the signal acquisition and processing needed to generate patient images. However, the use of analog components during these processes has limited the upper reaches of image clarity and quality, said Philips.[ Also Read: Period and Ovulation Mobile App for Women ]
It says the Ingenia MR system introduces, for the first time in MRI, digital signal acquisition and processing directly in the RF receive coil nearest to the patient.
By digitizing the signal directly in the RF receive coil and maintaining the digital connection throughout the entire MRI scanning process, Ingenia is able to generate up to a 40 percent improvement in signal-to-noise ratio.
Improving signal-to-noise ratio enables the delivery of crisp image clarity that clinicians need to help make informed decisions possible for a wider range of clinical procedures, including traditional applications like neuro and musculoskeletal and fast-growing applications like body and cardiac.
When utilizing an Ingenia system, clinicians will find they spend significantly less time on the logistics related to patient set-up, contributing to as much as a 30 percent increase in throughput, says the company. Ingenia is available in 1.5T and 3.0T versions to accommodate varied imaging needs.
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is a diversified health and well-being company.
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