by Brendon Nafziger
, DOTmed News Associate Editor | August 22, 2011
The Biograph mMR
A German clinic is the first private radiology office to order Siemens Healthcare's hybrid PET-MR device, the Biograph mMR, for the routine scanning of patients, the Erlangen, Germany-based company said Monday.
Doctors with the practice, called MRI, Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT Center Bremen Central, said they wanted the new device to speed up scans and to potentially reduce radiation exposure to patients, in comparison with PET-CT exams.
The Bremen clinic is also getting a new Magnetom 3-T MRI from Siemens installed at the same time, the companies said. The group practice already owns another Siemens 3-T MRI, and two 1.5-T MRIs.
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Previous installations of the PET-MR machine have been mostly at teaching hospitals, such as Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
The Biograph mMR, considered the first new modality in a decade, was cleared by the Food and Drug Administration
for sale in the U.S. in June. It received Canada's OK earlier this month