Innovative MRI System Embraces Human Nature
By Medimaging International staff writers
Posted on 27 Sep 2017
Image: The MAGNETOM Vida 3T MRI (Photo courtesy of Siemens Healthineers).
A new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner uses BioMatrix technology to simplify and accelerate workflows while increasing exam precision and patient comfort.
The Siemens Healthineers (Erlangen, Germany) MAGNETOM Vida 3T MRI is a 70-cm bore scanner that uses BioMatrix Select&GO technology, a collection of sensors, tuners, and touch interfaces on the front of the system to enable fast, easy patient positioning. An intelligent body model correctly positions the region to be examined in the central area, adapting to the anatomical and physiological characteristics of all patients, which also enables also less experienced staff to correctly position the patient.
An intuitive Dot workflow ensures consistent, high-quality imaging independent of the user and the patient, using numerous automated steps such as AutoAlign, AutoCoverage, and AutoFoV, obviating the need to plan the examination manually. A wide-range of inline functionalities allows system users to enjoy automatic reconstructions in the background and ease following post-processing steps. The result is consistent, high-quality imaging, with fewer rescans, predictable scheduling and consistent, high-quality personalized exams for high-end clinical routine, and clinical research.
The MAGNETOM Vida incorporates a completely new 3T magnet, which provides excellent homogeneity throughout the entire measurement volume, and a large field-of-view of 55 x 55 x 50 cm2. A gradient strength of up to 60/200 simultaneously allows up to 25% higher signal to noise ratio (SNR) in diffusion weighted imaging, with robust and reliable fat saturation throughout the entire imaging volume, which is especially important in abdominal or off-center applications.
“We can examine sick patients faster with Magnetom Vida. The scanner offers the highest degree of patient comfort with the performance of a research system, which speeds up our workflows,” said Professor Mike Notohamiprodjo, MD, head of MRI at University Hospital Tübingen (Germany). “The new scanner decreases measurement times for musculoskeletal and prostate imaging compared to previous MRI systems, and it does so with significantly improved image quality.”