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Diagnostic imaging

New technology unveiled for 3T magnetic resonance imaging

CHICAGO – At the Radiological Society of North America conference, held here in early December, Philips Healthcare announced a new 3T MR scanner and an innovation for MRI that dramatically improves the way 3T MR machines can be used.

According to spokesmen from the company, the new technology eliminates the image problems that 3.0T systems have experienced in the past when scanning the body. As a result, the company believes that 3.0T systems will achieve even greater acceptance in the marketplace and that they will become the de facto standard for MR imaging. Currently, 1.5T scanners are the workhorse systems in hospitals and clinics.

In the past, 3.0T imaging has been challenging for certain clinical procedures due to dielectric shading effects and local specific absorption rates (SAR). Philips’ new, proprietary, MultiTransmit technology addresses these issues at the source with multiple RF transmission signals that automatically adapt to each patient’s unique anatomy. As a result, the new Philips MRI scanner delivers clear diagnostic images for even the most demanding high field applications such as breast and liver imaging, the company said.

At this year’s RSNA, Philips unveiled a new 3.0T MRI scanner that incorporates the new MultiTransmit technology. According to the company, the Achieva 3.0T TX (pictured above) enhances image quality, provides up to 40 percent greater scanning speed and helps ensure fewer retakes through increased image uniformity.

Capturing the correct information on the first scan in a shorter amount of time delivers more convenience to the patient and increases patient throughput potential for healthcare providers. Additionally the new scanner provides consistent results across a broad range of clinical applications and patient sizes.

To see the Achieva 3.0T TX unveiled at the RSNA conference, click here:

About Royal Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through timely innovations. As a world leader in healthcare, lifestyle and lighting, Philips integrates technologies and design into people-centric solutions, based on fundamental customer insights and the brand promise of “sense and simplicity”. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs approximately 128,000 employees in more than 60 countries worldwide. With sales of $42 billion (EUR 27 billion) in 2007, the company is a market leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as lifestyle products for personal well-being and pleasure with strong leadership positions in flat TV, male shaving and grooming, portable entertainment and oral healthcare.