31. March 2011 18:41
GE Healthcare has launched a new compact MRI scanner that provides accurate images of a single targeted limb without whole-body insertion.
The Optima MR430s extremity scanner optimises patient comfort, thus reducing the likelihood of accidental movement.
The scanner has a relatively low cost of acquisition and installation while delivering high image quality (1.5T).
Used for musculoskeletal imaging of the whole arm or leg, the Optima MR430s allows the patient to rest on a padded, adjustable chair with only the targeted limb within the scanner.
The system, which is small enough to pass through a doorway, can help to relieve a hospital’s patient backlog for MRI scans.
“GE’s Optima MR430s extremity scanner stands out because it ensures high-quality images and a more refined, comfortable MR experience for those who have suffered injuries to an arm, leg or even a wrist or ankle,” said Dr. William B. Morrison, Director of Musculoskeletal Radiology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. “This scanning technology helps eliminate the anxiety and discomfort often associated with full-body MR technology.”
“Greater patient comfort with uncompromised image quality is at the heart of the design of this system,” commented Jim Davis, General Manager for GE Healthcare’s MRI business. “By making MR accessible to more patients and providing imaging that’s both advanced and cost-effective, the Optima MR430s provides a remarkably improved experience for patients.”
The Optima MR430s is an addition to GE’s ‘healthymagination’ portfolio of products that address four key priorities for innovation: low-cost technology, healthcare IT, accessibility and consumer focus.