Diagnostic imaging  

Nottingham MRI installation marks Philips' 50th in Europe

18 November 2005

Andover, Mass., USA. The installation of an Achieva 3.0T Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) compact whole-body scanner at the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, U.K. is  the 50th Achieva 3.0T sale for Philips Medical System in Europe.

The Achieva 3.0T will be used for routine clinical applications of the whole body, including neurological, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and orthopaedic imaging, beginning in November, 2005. Queen’s Medical Centre has two 1.5T systems but this is its first 3.0T MRI system, which has been installed with features including FreeWave 16-channel architecture and multi-nucli spectroscopy, boosting general imaging performance and providing extra functionality in neurological studies.

The new scanner will also be used for ongoing clinical trials and new translational studies, which aims to apply new insights into clinical applications, being conducted in collaboration with the University of Nottingham’s Division of Academic Radiology and the University of Nottingham Sir Peter Mansfield Magnetic Resonance Centre, which is already using Philips Achieva 1.5T, 3.0T and 7.0T MRI systems.

“We are looking forward to exploiting the advanced imaging and spectroscopic capabilities of the new Philips Achieva 3.0T in translational research and cutting-edge patient care,” said Prof. Dorothee Auer, Head of Academic Radiology, Queens Medical Centre.

“The ease of use, which is essential in a clinical environment, and the advanced MR performance that our system delivers is helping growing numbers of clinicians benefit from our 3.0T MRI,” said Jacques Coumans Ph.D., vice president of MR global marketing for Philips Medical Systems.

The system’s SENSE parallel imaging technology means that it scans up to eight times faster than conventional systems, providing enhanced productivity and patient comfort. The clinical benefits include very high signal-to-noise ratio for fast, high resolution imaging and image detail, which supports improved diagnostic capabilities by enabling clinicians to see anatomical structures and details that are simply not visible at lower field strengths.

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