by John R. Fischer
, Senior Reporter | February 12, 2021
United Imaging will now market and sell SyMRI NEURO as part of a licensing agreement with MR software developer, SyntheticMR AB.
The software provides multiple contrast images, quantitative data and tissue volumes, which include industry-first myelin-correlated volumes, in a single, short MR scan.
"Our partnership with United Imaging enables us to reach more healthcare providers to help speed up workflows and deliver robust, quantitative data to clinicians," said Ulrik Harrysson, CEO of SyntheticMR AB, in a statement. "United Imaging has a strong position in China and a growing global presence.”
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SyMRI NEURO can adjust echo time, repetition time, and inversion delay after scans to fine-tune images and choose optimal contrast to reduce the risk of recalling patients. Automatic segmentation and analysis of quantitative data are also available in the advanced package.
SyntheticMR AB has racked up a number of approvals in the last few months for its SyMRI technology, including in Saudi Arabia, Thailand
, and Japan
. It also struck a deal in October with GE Healthcare
to integrate MAGiC Neuro, a quantitative MR solution, into the SyMRI offering of its MR Smart Subscription platform.
United Imaging installed over 10,000 imaging systems in 2020, and opened its first U.S. headquarters in Houston to increase demand in the market and position itself for further growth in the area. The agreement with SyntheticMR AB enables it to sell a solution that can speed up imaging workflows for its customer base and provide clinicians with diagnostic support.
"Quantitative imaging is one of the future directions for MR imaging in general. Synthetic AB's software generates multiple contrast images such as T1W, T2W, FLAIR, etc., from a single five- to six-minute scan, supporting a faster workflow and a better patient experience," Steve Tan, global head of the MR business for United Imaging, told HCB News.
SyMRI NEURO will be sold as an optional software feature on United Imaging's 3T systems in various markets worldwide.