Technology | May 19, 2011

MR Knee Coil Enables Better Clinical Accuracy for Bariatric Imaging

May 19, 2011 – With obesity on the rise, today’s radiology departments are continually challenged to provide diagnostic imaging solutions to improve clinical accuracy for bariatric imaging without sacrificing patient care. Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc. has announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for an extra-large knee Array coil for the Vantage Titan magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system. Toshiba is the first diagnostic imaging vendor to offer an extra-large knee coil with a 22 cm interior diameter for MRI imaging.

Properly fitting coils are essential to precisely diagnose a patient’s condition, especially in bariatric imaging where coils are often too small to accommodate patients. The wide diameter of the extra-large knee Array coil can accommodate most bariatric patients, creating a more comfortable exam for the patient and better accuracy for the clinician. The extra-large knee Array coil can be used when imaging non-bariatric patients as well; its wide diameter is ideal for imaging a flexed or bent knee, which is useful when patients cannot straighten their leg due to injury or a medical condition.

Toshiba’s extra-large knee Array coil can be used for most routine and advanced MRI knee studies, including assessing cartilage, fractures or knee replacement. It is available to current and new Vantage Titan customers. Its performance specifications include:

• Transmit-receive six-channel Array coil design

• 22 cm interior diameter

• Designed to acquire high-SNR images

• Removable upper coil: an attachment to ease patient positioning

• SPEEDER parallel processing to support faster scanning techniques

• Robust off-center imaging capabilities

For more information: www.medical.toshiba.com

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