Technology | October 20, 2011

Siemens Features Improved MRI Throughput Technology

During RSNA 2011, Siemens’ magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) power couple Tim (Total Imaging Matrix) 4G and Dot (Day Optimizing Throughput) deliver patient-centered care and significantly improve productivity across the entire MRI workflow. Both technologies are currently available on two MRI systems: Magnetom Aera 1.5 Tesla (T) and Magnetom Skyra 3.0T.

The fourth and most sophisticated generation of Siemens’ radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) and coil technology, Tim 4G provides newly designed ultra-high-intensity coils combined with 48 RF channels – the highest standard channel configuration ever offered by Siemens. Dot is the most comprehensive MRI workflow solution, offering a customizable framework for patient personalization, user guidance and exam automation, facilitating optimal treatment results for virtually every patient type. With Dot, users can achieve up to 50 percent higher productivity, and several Dot engines are available for various clinical indications and body regions.

The Biograph mMR is the first system worldwide to provide simultaneous whole-body acquisition of data from MR and positron emission tomography (PET), enabling users to generate the location, function and metabolic activity of organs in a single image at the same time. Potential clinical applications for molecular MR include the early identification and staging of malignancies, therapy planning and treatment. The Biograph mMR shows the greatest promise in oncologic and neurologic applications where MR and PET have proven their clinical value. With the Biograph mMR, patients can be scanned in as few as 30 minutes for a combined whole-body exam, compared to one hour or more for sequential magnetic resonance (MR) and positron emission tomography (PET) exams. Additionally, the Biograph mMR has a footprint comparable to a standard, high-field MR scanner and can be sited in a typical MR room, eliminating renovation costs for facilities seeking to replace an existing MRI.

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