by John R. Fischer
, Senior Reporter | December 03, 2021
Philips showed off its new MR systems and associated applications this week at the 2021 RSNA annual conference in Chicago.
The MR 5300 1.5T system is Philips' second helium-free operating system after the release of Ambition in 2018
and adds to its full helium-free operating portfolio. Whereas Ambition is more useful for high-end imaging, such as advanced cardiac scanning, the MR 5300 is better suited for MSK, neuro, spine, prostate and nominal imaging.
What also differentiates it from Ambition is the addition of its new dStream Breeze coils that are approximately 75% lighter than traditional ones. Coils can be connected to one another, and two can be plugged in simultaneously for an enhanced signal. “The Ambition has the dedicated MSK coils. This is all about fast workflow and flexible positioning,” Allison Stroud, BG/BU Business Marketing Manager MR at Philips, told HCB News.
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The MR 5300 is designed to automate complex clinical and operational tasks for outpatient facilities and MR departments, while also creating access to affordable care and increasing patient satisfaction and referral rates. Its 55 cm field-of-view allows for extended anatomic coverage, and its AI-powered scanning methods and coils can together produce sharper images, especially for challenging anatomies such as the spine and abdomen. Inside the magnet, the VitalEye technology automatically detects the respiratory rate of patients.
Philips’ VitalScreen can show how the coils should be set up and give guidance to the technologist. The lightness and flexibility of the coils allows for set up time in standard exams to be completed in under a minute and reduces time between patients by up to 30%. The system also has a comfort mattress to provide comfort to patients in pain, and comes with companions to organize and keep the coils in place.
The MR 5300 is FDA cleared, with the first installation to take place in North America in February 2022.
Due to space constraints, the company was unable to showcase its MR 7700 but did discuss it with HCB News. The 3.0T solution is the company’s highest-tier magnet and is designed for high-end neuro imaging, as well as diffusion and high-end clinical scanning.
“You can get lower TEs, you can do more high-quality diffusion imaging, which is really important for advanced users and neurology. You can also do more directions in DTI. And for fMR, you can actually get more quality detail,” said Stroud.