Technology | December 02, 2009

New MR Scanners Boost Productivity Across MRI Workflow

Siemens' Magnetom Aera 1.5 T scanner

November 28, 2008 — Two new MR scanners are the first to incorporate the innovative Tim and Dot technology. The combination of Tim and Dot delivers patient-centered care and significantly improves productivity across the entire MRI workflow.

Magnetom Aera 1.5 Tesla and Magnetom Skyra 3T scanners were unveiled at RSNA this week with the goal of increasing productivity and improving patient experience. Both systems provide 70- cm Open-bore design together with the Tim and Dot innovations, increasing efficiency and ease of use. Tim supplies the power needed for superb image quality, while Dot takes away the complexity inherent in MR scanning.

The 70 cm Open-bore design of MAGNETOM Aera and Skyra can accommodate a large variety of patient sizes, shapes and conditions. The friendly and open appearance helps to reduce sedation rates, minimizes stress for claustrophobic patients, and leads to higher throughput and more referrals. And the super-short magnets allow many studies to be completed with the patient’s head outside the bore while still supporting a full 50 cm FoV (45 cm in z-direction).

Tim’s new ultra high-density array, with up to 204 coil elements combined with a new RF design with up to 128 RF channels, leads to an SNR increase. This enables high-resolution imaging that holds up even when zooming in on multi-station images.

The 3T MAGNETOM Skyra is also optimized with Siemens TimTX TrueForm design for greater B1 homogeneity. Clear, sharp images can be viewed with 50 percent more imaging volume and TimTX TrueForm provides the foundation for multi-channel transmit array capabilities at 3T.

In addition to Tim and Dot, both the MAGNETOM Aera and MAGNETOM Skyra come with Tim DirectConnect cableless coils and an optional Tim Dockable Table. 510-k approval is pending.

For more information: www.siemens.com/healthcare

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