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GE releases 'patient-embracing' MRI coils

by Brendon Nafziger, DOTmed News Associate Editor | October 10, 2011
GEM peripheral vascular/ lower
extremity array (Credit: GE)
Radiofrequency surface coils designed to be more comfortable for patients are now available for GE Healthcare's wide-bore MRIs.

The so-called Geometry Embracing Method, or GEM, coils cover 98 percent of exam types and feature feet-first scanning and materials that fit the body's natural contours, the Waukesha, Wis.-based company said. The GEM suite lets technologists reposition patients less often, so scans are faster, GE said.

Syracuse Orthopedic Solutions, a nine-center surgical practice in Syracuse, N.Y., was the first U.S. location to install the devices, GE said. The coils work with the office's Optima MR450w 1.5T.
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GEM coils also work with the Discovery MR750w, which got Food and Drug Administration clearance last week.

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