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New AI-Powered MRI System Speeds Technologist Workflow and Exam Times for Patients

By MedImaging International staff writers
Posted on 25 Aug 2023
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Image: The new ECHELON Synergy 1.5 Tesla MRI system has received FDA 510(k) clearance (Photo courtesy of FUJIFILM)
Image: The new ECHELON Synergy 1.5 Tesla MRI system has received FDA 510(k) clearance (Photo courtesy of FUJIFILM)

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) continues to remain a powerful diagnostic tool despite its extended acquisition times. Recent advancements in deep learning (DL) techniques have enabled rapid and high-quality image reconstructions from undersampled data, opening up new possibilities. A recent study showed that leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) for MRI image reconstruction can result in the delivery of scans four times faster compared to standard scans, potentially expanding MRI accessibility for a broader range of patients and minimizing appointment wait times.

FUJIFILM Healthcare Americas (Lexington, MA, USA) has unveiled its latest innovation, the ECHELON Synergy 1.5 Tesla MRI system. This system integrates Synergy DLR, FUJIFILM's proprietary Deep Learning Reconstruction (DLR) technology driven by AI. This technology enhances image sharpness and expedites scan acquisition times, resulting in improved throughput, image quality, and patient satisfaction. The ECHELON Synergy also introduces AutoExam One Touch operation, streamlining brain and knee exams through automated patient positioning and immediate scan initiation upon closing the scan room door.

The ECHELON Synergy boasts a generous 70 centimeter-wide bore and a 62 centimeter-wide table, capable of accommodating patients weighing up to 550 pounds. The incorporation of SoftSound gradient technology lowers acoustic noise, further improving the patient experience. To combat healthcare associated infections (HAIs), the ECHELON Synergy incorporates Fujifilm’s unique Hydro AG antibacterial coating onto its high-touch surfaces. This antibacterial coating offers an additional layer of defense against the growth of bacteria, microorganisms, and mold, showcasing an impressive efficacy of 99.99% against common bacteria. The ECHELON Synergy 1.5 Tesla MRI system has received FDA 510(k) clearance, marking a significant step forward in advancing patient care.

“Fujifilm is committed to delivering medical advancements focused on enhancing the patient’s experience while streamlining the workflow for today’s busy imaging providers,” said Shawn Etheridge, executive director, modality solutions, FUJIFILM Healthcare Americas Corporation. “ECHELON Synergy is designed to facilitate optimal comfort and help alleviate anxiety with its large bore and wide patient table. Alleviating any patient anxiety not only helps to enhance the patient experience, but could also improve a radiologist’s workflow, as the less nervous a patient, the more efficient and quickly the scan will get done.”

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