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Canon gets clearance for iterative reconstruction tech with 1.5T MR system

by John R. Fischer, Senior Reporter | June 16, 2020
The FDA has cleared the use of the Compressed SPEEDER technology for Canon's Vantage Orian 1.5T MR system.
The FDA has given Canon the green light to integrate Compressed SPEEDER technology for image reconstruction into its Vantage Orian 1.5T MR system.

The technology reduces scanning time and improves throughput by applying iterative reconstruction to reconstruct full-resolution images from under-sampled data.

“Canon Medical's Compressed SPEEDER can reduce scan times by a factor of 2.5,” Tom Naypaur, senior manager for MR Solutions Marketing of Canon Medical Systems USA, told HCB News. "In certain instances we've seen overall scan time reduction of up to 60% comparing acquisitions with and without Compressed SPEEDER. Of course scan times will vary from site-to-site depending on the scan protocols.”

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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has left many providers with a backlog of MR imaging exams due to delays and deferrals, as well as the need to disinfect systems and rooms in between patients.

In reducing the time of MR scans, Compressed SPEEDER enables more scans to be conducted in a day and allows providers more time in between each exam to help clean and disinfect scanners. Reducing the timing of scans enables greater patient comfort, which may help reduce movement from patients caused by discomfort and thereby enable higher quality images.

It also supports image acceleration and can be used to avoid unfolding artifacts sometimes seen with standard parallel imaging, or can achieve higher resolution in 2D Fast Spin Echo acquisitions.

Compressed SPEEDER technology is included in an all-new version of M-Power software which is available for the Vantage Orian 1.5T. This scanner comes standard with Windows 10 and embedded cybersecurity solutions developed by Canon Medical and that provide continuous patches and updates from Microsoft.

The scanner comes standard with Windows 10 and embedded cybersecurity solutions from Canon Medical that provide continuous patches and updates from Microsoft to keep patient data secure. The scanner also has whitelisting functions, which give clinicians access only to applications and processes that have been authorized.

Compressed SPEEDER was also approved in March for use on the Vantage Galan 3T MR system.

"With the help of this new advanced imaging technology on the Vantage Galan 3T MR system, healthcare providers can provide a quick and comfortable exam experience for their patients," said Furuyama in a statement at the time.

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