New System Expands Neuro and Cardiac MRI Capabilities
By Medimaging International staff writers
Posted on 01 Mar 2018
Image: An immersive virtual experience helps patients relax during an MRI scan (photo courtesy of Canon Medical Systems).
A new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system enables healthcare providers to produce higher resolution images for myriad exams in less than five minutes.
The Canon Medical Systems (Ōtawara, Japan) Galan 3T XGO offers the ability to conduct quick, comfortable, and high-quality neuro MRI exams, as well as faster sampling and higher-resolution images. The system comes with the all-new Saturn X Gradient, which provides up to 30% improved signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) for brain diffusion weighted imaging (DWI), resulting in even higher resolution neuro images. And by stacking protocol sequences, neuro sequences such as SAG T1, AX T2, AX T2 FLAIR, AX T2 and AX DWI/ADC can be performed in less than five minutes.
Galan 3T XGO also delivers enhanced cardiac capabilities, including T1 mapping using a modified look-locker inversion (MOLLI) recovery sequence that allows quantitative characterization of myocardial tissue within a single breath hold. In addition, cardiac phase sensitive inversion recovery (PSIR) provides improved contrast in late-enhanced imaging and eliminates the need for inversion time (TI) calibration scan, allowing cardiac exams to be completed with fewer breath holds and greater patient comfort.
New PURERF shielding technology maximizes the radiofrequency (RF) transmission efficiency for optimal image quality and an increase of up to 20% in SNR, while MultiBand SPEEDER technology allows for multiple slices to be acquired at the same time, reducing DWI scan times by up to two times. Patients undergoing MR exams can also enjoy the new MR Theater, an immersive virtual experience that gives patients a visual focal point to distract them from the exam, encouraging them to relax and stay still, enabling clinicians to produce efficient, high-quality imaging.
“The new Galan 3T XGO Edition with Saturn X Gradient builds on the strengths of its predecessor and expands the versatility of MR even further with faster and higher resolution images, so that physicians don’t have to sacrifice accuracy or patient comfort for speed,” said Dominic Smith, senior director of CT, PET/CT, and MRI at Canon Medical Systems USA. “With the help of this new advanced gradient and imaging package, health care providers can better meet their patients’ diverse needs, while continuing to provide a quiet and comfortable experience.”