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These new MR features promise to help with the COVID imaging backlog

by Lisa Chamoff, Contributing Reporter | September 21, 2020
From the September 2020 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

Hitachi Oasis 1.2T High Field Open MRI
Last year, the company released Evolution 6 software for its Echelon Oval and Echelon Smart Platforms. In June, Evolution 6 software was released for its Oasis 1.2T High Field Open MRI. The software offers an advanced sound reduction option, along with many standard ease of use features.

The software is now Windows 10 compatible.
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“We’re putting a big effort now into cybersecurity enhancements,” said Scott Lytle, the senior MR product manager for Hitachi Healthcare Americas.

In early February, the company received FDA clearance for the world’s first portable MR system.

The company showcased the product with a .064 Tesla magnet at last year's RSNA, performing an MR scan on the show floor for the first time in the show's history.

In between, the startup has made progress on the device, fine-tuning some of the image processing hardware and software components, said Chris Ward, head of marketing for Hyperfine.

“The magnetic field and the form factor haven’t changed,” Ward said.

The company has installations for research purposes at seven different sites and many have the updated product.

Just before this magazine went to print in mid-August, Hyperfine announced FDA clearance for Swoop, its latest-generation point-of-care MR system, incorporating user feedback and technological enhancements evolving from the original device.

Portable MR may be even more compelling in the era of COVID-19.

At Northwell Health’s North Shore University Hospital on Long Island, 75% of the facility’s 850 beds were converted to COVID-19 beds and many of those patients had neurological symptoms. Using the Hyperfine scanner at the bedside meant that patients didn’t have to be transported to the radiology department, which puts the rest of the hospital at risk.

“Conventional MR scanners have an hour-long COVID infection control cleaning process,” Ward said. “For Hyperfine, you take a disinfecting wipe and clean the head coil and flat surfaces in minutes.”

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