Technology | April 06, 2011

First Digital Broadband MRI Released in U.S.

April 7, 2011 – The first digital broadband magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner has been cleared in the United States. Previously available in Europe, Canada and Japan, the Philips Ingenia MRI system received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The system delivers exceptional image clarity, scanning efficiency and scalability. It is designed to advance diagnosis and radiology workflow.

Until now, 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.

The system introduces digital signal acquisition and processing directly at the patient. By digitizing the signal directly in the radio-frequency (RF) receive coil nearest to the patient and transferring and processing it throughout the imaging chain, it is able to generate up to a 40 percent improvement in signal-to-noise ratio. This digital signal acquisition and processing facilitates the delivery of crisp image clarity to help clinicians make informed decisions for a wide range of clinical procedures, including traditional applications such as neuro, musculoskeletal, body and cardiac. The system’s digital capabilities also overcome the RF channel scalability limitations, giving hospitals the flexibility they need to stay on the clinical cutting edge without expensive hardware upgrades.

It also eliminates unnecessary exam preparation time and offers a more comfortable patient experience. With an integrated, hidden posterior coil, the 70 cm bore enables whole upper body imaging in just two stations and coverage for total body without manipulation of the patient or coil. As a result, clinics can see as much as a 30 percent increase in throughput compared to previous generation systems. The wide bore combined with the large field of view allows for a variety of procedures and the scanning of a variety of patients. It is available in 1.5T and 3.0T versions.

“Because of the digital RF architecture, the image quality and the improvements in patient workflow, I really feel that Ingenia is one of the best, if not the best 3.0T system available for neuro imaging,” said Suresh K. Mukherji, M.D., FACR, professor of radiology and chief of neuroradiology at the University of Michigan Health System. “Digital RF design and the dStream concept are clearly the future.”

For more information: www.philips.com

Related Content

LVivo EF Comparable to MRI, Contrast Echo in Assessing Ejection Fraction
News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | June 19, 2019
DiA Imaging Analysis announced the presentation of two studies assessing the performance and accuracy of the company's...
International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines

X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019
An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for...
SyMRI Software Receives FDA Clearance for Use With Siemens MRI Systems
Technology | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 14, 2019
SyntheticMR announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for clinical use of its SyMRI Image and SyMRI...
A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse

Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers.

News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019
The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular...
Study Identifies MRI-Guided Radiation Therapy as Growing Market Segment
News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | June 06, 2019
Revenues from the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided radiation therapy systems market exceeded $220 million in...
Ann Arbor Startup Launches Augmented Reality MRI Simulator
Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 04, 2019
SpellBound, an Ann Arbor startup specializing in augmented reality (AR) tools for children in hospitals, has officially...

Photo courtesy of Philips Healthcare

Feature | Radiology Business | May 31, 2019 | By Arjen Radder
Change is a consistent theme in our world today, no matter where you look.
MRI Metal Artifact Reduction Poses Minimal Thermal Risk to Hip Arthroplasty Implants
News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | May 23, 2019
Clinical metal artifact reduction sequence (MARS) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) protocols at 3 Tesla (3T) on hip...
Henry Ford Hospital's ViewRay MRIdian linear accelerator system allows real-time MRI-guided radiotherapy. Shown is the support staff for this system. In the center of the photo is Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at Henry Ford Cancer Institute. Second from the right is Carrie Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research, radiation oncology.

Henry Ford Hospital's ViewRay MRIdian linear accelerator system allows real-time MRI-guided radiotherapy. Shown is the support staff for this system. In the center of the photo is Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at Henry Ford Cancer Institute. Second from the right is Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research, radiation oncology.

Feature | Henry Ford Hospital | May 21, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor
Henry Ford Hospital thought leaders regularly speak at the radiation oncology and radiology conferences about new res
Videos | Radiation Therapy | May 21, 2019
This is a walk through of the ViewRay MRIdian MRI-guided radiotherapy system installed at ...