Siemens MAGNETOM Spectra Budget-Friendly 3T MRI Receives FDA Approval

Siemens MAGNETOM Spectra Budget-Friendly 3T MRI Receives FDA Approval

Siemens is trying to bring 3 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging to budget limited hospitals and clinics with the introduction of the MAGNETOM Spectra MRI. The system uses the company’s latest Tim (Total imaging matrix) 4G coil technology that delivers high spatial and temporal resolution that was previously available only in more expensive, high-end scanners.

Magnetom Spectra head scan MAGNETOM Spectra, a New Budget Friendly 3T MRI from SiemensSiemens plans on making the new scanner available in the second half of this year.

Features and more info about the Spectra from the press release:

Tim 4G RF technology with DirectRF

Best-in class 3T image homogeneity with TimTX TrueForm

Easy and streamlined workflow with Dot

Fast break even due to optimum TCO (Total cost of ownership)

Low installation cost through small footprint and fast installation

Besides the purchase price, a further commitment to reducing TCO are the operating costs of the new MRI scanner. Magnetom Spectra has a low energy consumption compared to common 3-tesla scanners. Furthermore, the helium used to cool the magnet is contained in a closed loop. The costly gas does not escape and therefore does not need to be refilled. In addition, various components help users simplify the process of MRI examinations. For example, the cable-less direct-connect coils allow for quick and easy setup. Up to 120 coil elements can be combined together in a flexible manner. Thus, even large scans with large anatomical coverage, up to whole-body scans (205 centimeters), can be performed in a single examination without having to reposition the patient or the coils. Therefore, such scans can be performed in much less time.

Magnetom Spectra can be used for a broad spectrum of applications, from diagnosing damaged cartilage in the ankle to dynamic examinations of the abdominal area and functional imaging of the brain. To reduce the complexity of MRI exams, the scanner is equipped with Siemens’ MRI workflow solution Dot (Day optimizing throughput), which allows an easy and fast selection of the best scan strategy, based on the patient’s condition and the clinical indication. Users are guided through the examination step-by-step, and decision-making aids are offered at critical junctures, supporting consistent and reproducible scans across patients.

A system that offers unprecedented access to 3 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging? The answer is MAGNETOM Spectra*. It’s the key to a new scope of image and healthcare quality for patients. It’s the key to a new level of usability and diagnostic confidence for physicians. And, it’s the key to ensure premium patient care at an attractive total cost of ownership for radiologists.

If access is what you are looking for, then MAGNETOM Spectra is your key to 3T.

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Siemens 3T image quality

Tim 4G RF technology with DirectRF

Best-in class 3T image homogeneity with TimTX TrueForm

Easy and streamlined workflow with Dot

Fast break even due to optimum TCO (Total cost of ownership)

Low installation cost through small footprint and fast installation

Further Information

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Discover the key to 3T.

Mobile Website for Smartphones

Tablet optimized Website (HTML)

Standard Website (Adobe Flash)

Install iPad Application

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Product Brochure

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Siemens has received FDA clearance for its MAGNETOM Spectra, a new budget-friendly 3 Tesla MRI system. The Spectra is designed for easy and efficient operation at minimal costs. This already starts with installation costs, which have been kept low through a small footprint and fast setup. Further contributing to its cost-efficiency, the MAGNETOM Spectra is very conservative with energy usage and the magnet-cooling helium is contained in a closed loop, preventing the gas from escaping and reducing the need for refills.

The system employs Siemens’ Tim (Total imaging matrix) 4G technology, with which up to 120 elements in combination with 24 RF channels may be used. This makes it possible to image large anatomical areas like in full-body scans (up to 205 cm) in one examination without patient or coil repositioning. DirectRF provides digital-in/digital-out design for minimal signal loss between the coil and the system.

The scanner is equipped with Siemens’ MRI workflow solution Dot (Day optimizing throughput), which provides step-by-step guidance throughout the examination. Furthermore, DirectConnect provides cableless coil connections and AutoPosition enables automatic accurate iso-center positioning without the laser marker at the push of a button.

Source : http://medgadget.com/2012/03/magnetom-spectra-a-new-budget-friendly-3t-mri-from-siemens.html

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