Technology | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | January 21, 2016

Siemens Announces FDA Clearance of Magnetom Amira MRI Scanner

System features enables shorter examinations, reduced power consumption in standby mode

Siemens, Magnetom Amira MRI scanner, FDA clearance

January 21, 2016 — Siemens Healthcare announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the Magnetom Amira 1.5 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system. Boasting new “Eco-Power” technology that enables significant power savings in standby mode, Magnetom Amira is designed to meet the requirements of radiology practices, small and medium-sized hospitals, and larger facilities that are interested in an MRI scanner to complement their existing systems.

The Magnetom Amira is designed to enable customers to operate their MRI systems efficiently, with the potential to shorten many exams and enable many patients to undergo scans in routine applications. Siemens offers a comprehensive package of protocols that is optimized for rapid examinations while maintaining high image quality. Additionally, the system features DotGO – Siemens’ latest generation of MRI examination software – to simplify protocol management and offer the right operating sequence for each individual scan to suit requirements. This software can help users increase exam consistency, reproducibility and efficiency.

To enable high diagnostic reliability and patient comfort, Magnetom Amira is equipped with Siemens’ latest applications and syngo MR E11 software architecture. Hospitals that operate a Magnetom Amira with its 60 cm patient bore alongside other Siemens systems can switch seamlessly between scanners. In addition, they can exchange many coils between all current 1.5T MRI systems, thanks to the company’s Tim 4G technology. The system’s software platform includes Quiet Suite technology, which minimizes system noise during an MRI examination. Facilities can even perform some measurements inaudibly over background noise, which benefits both clinical staff and patients.

This is the first Siemens MRI scanner to possess “Eco-Power” technology, which monitors and controls magnet-cooling helium. Activated during standby mode, Eco-Power monitors the liquefaction cycle and manages the cooling and helium re-liquefaction process more efficiently, enabling a power saving of up to 30 percent in standby mode. In combination with features such as the “Zero Helium Boil-Off” technology, which prevents helium evaporation, Magnetom Amira can help reduce annual operating costs considerably.

For more information: www.usa.siemens.com

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