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The latest MR innovations entering the market

by Lisa Chamoff, Contributing Reporter | October 11, 2019
From the October 2019 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

For the global market, Hitachi has released the Echelon Smart Plus, a 60-centimeter 1.5T scanner that has a small footprint and low energy consumption. It also offers an auto slice positioning tool and automatic examination and post processing, as well as IP-RAPID, which Lytle said is a hybrid compressed sensing technique that allows scans to be acquired in half the time with similar image quality.

The scanner comes with integrated coils that work together, including spine coils that are inset into the scanner table.

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NeoCoil Sentinel Wireless Audio System
NeoCoil recently released a 16-channel breast coil available for 1.5T GE Healthcare MR scanners. The number of channels results in a higher signal-to-noise ratio with greater coverage, said Dr. Steven Wolff, owner of NeoCoil.

The coil is also made up of three separate pieces, so it’s more flexible and comfortable for patients of varying sizes, and the open design makes biopsies easier.

“Many of the coils that have been used previously are one big heavy coil,” Wolff said. “Coils have to fit patients of significantly different sizes. Because our new coil comes in three pieces, they can be spread further apart for optimizing comfort of taller patients. It has a very open design, so the physician who does biopsies has access to the breast. Some of the coils have a high signal-to-noise ratio, but you don’t have access to the breast, which is important if you can’t see the abnormality on the mammogram.”

NeoCoil also recently released the Sentinel Wireless Audio System, a wireless communication system that integrates with scanners from GE Healthcare, Hitachi, Philips and Siemens Healthineers.

The system has two over-the-ear headset options — one thicker and one slim-line option with earplugs for brain scans — both having the same 29 decibel noise reduction rating as earplugs. Because many patients do not place the earplug completely in the ear canal, the over the ear headset is actually much quieter and produces a more pleasant patient experience.

“Many of the problems that people have with patient communication go away with NeoCoil’s wireless technology and push-to-talk integration,” Wolff said. “The sound quality is phenomenal. It’s what you’d expect from a regular headset.”

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