Siemens Magnetom Verio brings high-resolution MRI to more patients
22 November 2007
The Magnetom Verio from Siemens Medical Solutions
represents a new class of MRI technology that increases access to advanced
diagnostic capabilities. It delivers high-field imaging to many patients who
could not benefit from the technology before.
The Magnetom Verio combines
a 3 Tesla (T) MRI system with a 70 cm open bore and total imaging matrix
(Tim) technology. This is the first time all these attributes have been
combined in one solution.
“The Verio will help open the doors to high-quality diagnostic imaging
for patients who typically have not had access to MR imaging, particularly
those who are claustrophobic, in pain or discomfort or those who weigh up to
550 lbs,” said Jeffrey Bundy, Vice President, Siemens Medical Solutions, MR
“Healthcare providers will also realise numerous benefits, as the Verio
will help to maximise volume and referrals by scanning a broader range of
patients; increase throughput and helps to minimise operating costs
delivered by the shortest, ultra-light magnet that can be sited into the
same space as a 1.5T system.”
The Verio can be used for many applications, including neurology and
functional neuro evaluation, orthopaedic and cartilage assessment, breast,
vascular and cardiac imaging. The 3T system optimises parallel imaging,
accelerates scan time and improves visualisation as well as patient
Tim technology allows flexible combinations of coils that make
patient and coil repositioning virtually unnecessary and provides increased
speed and accuracy. For example, clinicians can perform a whole central
nervous system exam in less than 10 minutes.
The Verio may prove particularly valuable in treating obese patients.
Studies show that obese people may not be able to access necessary medical
care — particularly medical imaging — due to the fact that in some cases
they exceed a machine’s bore capacity and/or table weight. The Verio offers
a bore that is larger than many conventional systems and a 550-lb
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