Technology | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | November 24, 2015

Hitachi Releases Evolution 5 MRI Software Platform

Platform expands applications for neuro, angiography and breast imaging, among others

Hitachi Medical Systems America, HMSA, Evolution 5, MRI software platform, Echelon Oval, RSNA 2015

Echelon Oval image courtesy of Hitachi Medical Systems America Inc.

November 24, 2015 — In conjunction with the upcoming Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015 exhibition, Hitachi Medical Systems America Inc. (HMSA) announced the availability of their new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) software platform Evolution 5. The platform is available for current Hitachi customers and new system orders.

Evolution 5 offers nearly 40 new features and improvements implemented that continue to raise the level of imaging performance and quality, while simultaneously growing the breadth of applications available for diagnostic evaluation.

With the integration of a new image processing algorithm (VIVID), new reconstruction task (NCC) that reduces redundant noise pickup, and new optimized fast-spin echo sequence (opFSE), customers that migrate to Evolution 5 will see the difference with dramatically improved sharpness and clarity. The resulting images show greater overall uniformity and contrast, enabling better readability and clinical insight.

In addition, HMSA continues the expansion of their portfolio of applications including:

  • Motion compensation with the “All Around RADAR” neuro suite;
  • Selective saturation for controlled magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) evaluation in the abdomen;
  • Diffusion with enhanced functional analysis including kurtosis imaging (DKI);
  • Liver imaging with iron quantification; and
  • Breast imaging with breast spectroscopy for therapy monitoring.

Evolution 5 is available now on the Echelon Oval 1.5T, with new shipments and no charge software upgrades for customers under warranty or service maintenance agreement beginning Jan. 1, 2016. Availability is expected for Hitachi Medical’s other MRI products, including the Oasis 1.2T open high-field and Trillium Oval 3T systems, later in the year.

For more information: www.hitachi.com

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