Technology | August 13, 2012

Toshiba Receives FDA Clearance for Industry’s First 16-Element MR Flex Coils

Flexible coil system expands exam capabilities, improves efficiency and diagnostic confidence

August 13, 2012 — To improve magnetic resonance (MR) exam efficiency and image quality, Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc. has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for its high-density 16-element flexible coil system, developed in partnership with NeoCoil. The new coil system makes it easier for clinicians to complete high-quality exams and improve diagnostic efficiency.

“The 16-element MR coils feature a flexible design, enabling clinicians to use the coils for various exam types,” said Steve Nichols, chief operating officer, NeoCoil. “The lightweight coils come in two sizes and wrap around a patient’s anatomy, accommodating patients of various sizes and providing greater patient comfort.”

Available for the Vantage Titan 1.5T, the 16-element flexible coils conform more closely to the anatomy, improving signal-to-noise ratio. The coils are available in medium and large sizes, and are ideally suited for general orthopedic and body imaging of large and small patients alike. Where standard coils are not optimal, the flexible coils can be used for general purpose as well as head, neck and spine imaging. Large patients are not forced into or pinched by the hard plastic of traditional rigid coils, and image quality for small patients is not compromised due to fixed, oversized coil housings.

“Toshiba is committed to developing and bringing new technologies to market for its MR systems,” said Stuart Clarkson, director, MR business unit, Toshiba. “The Vantage Titan systems are patient-friendly, and the new 16-element coils will continue to provide comfortable exams while improving image quality for accurate diagnoses.”

For more information: www.medical.toshiba.com

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