The first-ever digital broadband MR system

Ingenia 3.0T benefits
results and workflow
in neuro MR
User experiences
First Ingenia 3.0T* experiences at University of Michigan show “incredible”
image quality, greater patient comfort, and vastly improved workflow.
The University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA) is the first installation
of the revolutionary new Ingenia 3.0T MR system: a large FOV wide bore
system, featuring dStream architecture for superb digital signal, and vastly
simplified coil and patient handling Read more Here

Powered by breakthrough dStream architecture, the Ingenia is the first MR system that brings MR signal digitization where it has never been before – in the RF coil, as close to the patient as possible. dStream unleashes the power of digitization by delivering a high-purity MR signal for increased SNR, combined with enhanced workflow and ease of use for greater efficiency in your daily operations. more

Featuring DirectDigital, FlexStream and EasyExpand, dStream is an exciting new MR system architecture that delivers crystal clear images, remarkable speed, and technology that makes RF upgrades a thing of the past.

Philips-exclusive DirectDigital RF samples the MR signal directly in the coil on the patient, and sends it to the reconstructor via fiber-optic cable. The result is up to 40% higher SNR, and a dynamic range that exceeds 185dB.

Designed to streamline workflow and reduce exam time, FlexStream enables imaging with fewer coils and reduce patient set up time, bringing about a throughput increase as much as 30%.

With EasyExpand you never have to upgrade your RF receive channels to keep up with advances in coil technology. It enables plug-and-play expansion of clinical capabilities without major system upgrades and channel conflicts.

Combining patient comfort with extended coverage and high image quality, Xtend provides the largest homogeneous field-of-view in a commercial 70cm wide bore system and an excellent combination of magnet homogeneity and gradient performance.

SmartAssist is the next generation of Philips powerful combination of SmartExam and ExamCards. It can halve the number of repetitive tasks for greater efficiency, consistency and reproducibility.

MultiTransmit 4D

MultiTransmit 4D brings the benefits of MultiTransmit technology to cardiac imaging. It adapts RF signals to each patient, addressing dielectric shading to provide superb image uniformity, contrast & consistency, as well as faster imaging.

dStream – the new ground-breaking concept in RF technology



Siemens 3T Skyra advanced imaging and throughput

Magnet Technology
Ultra-short superconducting 3T magnet (173 cm cover to cover)
Ultra-light magnet easy to site (5768 kg)
Easy siting
Min. total space requirement < 31 sqm (for magnet, electronics and console room)
Fits in conventional 1.5T installations area
Zero Helium boil-off
Green cooling Package (optional) to decrease energy consumption by up to 50%.
TimTX TrueForm™ Magnet and Gradient Design offers enhanded image quality

MAGNETOM Skyra: The Mannheim Perspective
Published date: 2011-05-04 | Henrik J. Michaely; Stefan O. Schoenberg


The world’s first 70 cm Tim+Dot system
Transforming 3T productivity.

MAGNETOM® Skyra delivers true day-changing performance. Through the groundbreaking integration of Tim 4G and Dot, MAGNETOM Skyra sets a new standard of efficiency and care which will help you harness a new level of productivity.
Tim 4G gives you all the power you need for superb image quality. And Dot helps to take away all the complexity inherent in MR scanning that can slow you down. MAGNETOM Skyra. The world’s first 70 cm Tim+Dot system.

Take a Guided Tour of the MAGNETOM Skyra 3T
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Greater patient access and comfort with 70 cm Open Bore design
Ultra-light and short 3T system – easy to site and reduced cost of ownership
DirectRF™ – for higher signal purity and improved stability
50 x 50 x 45 cm FOV with TrueForm® Design
Tim Dockable Table option – Mobility done right
Illumination MoodLight providing comfortable environment
Further information

Clinical Image Gallery Brochure ebook
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Together, they redefine productivity.


GE and Mayo Clinic create MRI for Brain scans only

Getting an MRI scan in the typical whole-body machine can be an uncomfortable and inconvenient experience. You’re maneuvered on a table into a small cave-like chamber, and because the equipment itself weighs a lot and takes up so much space, often only larger hospitals and imaging facilities have the space and funds to house full sized MRI machines.

But scientists and clinicians are taking another step towards developing smaller, more mobile machines. Building and testing a prototype for a streamlined machine for brain scanning is the objective of a new collaboration between GE Global Research engineers and Mayo Clinicresearchers, announced today, thanks to a five-year, $5.7 million grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), both part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

In addition to being lighter, the planned prototype device is expected to be one-third the size of comparable whole-body MRI scanners, and GE and Mayo researchers also plan to add state-of-the-art image analysis tools, which will make the job easier for clinicians and doctors who make vital diagnoses based on brain scans.

“The development of a head only MRI system can address 25-30% of all MR imaging procedures today,” said Jim Davis, General Manager of GE Healthcare’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging business. “Research in this area brings benefits of lower total costs, better image quality, greater patient comfort, and makes this a very attractive opportunity for collaboration.”

A dedicated MRI brain scanners could be used for a range of neurological and psychiatric disorders such as stroke, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, traumatic brain disorder (TBI), depression, and autism.

The project is one part of GE’s Healthymagination initiative to reduce costs, improve quality and expand access to healthcare worldwide.

* Read about the guy who helped invent MRI tech, the first inductee into the GE Reports Genius Hall of Fame.
* Read about a collaboration to make ultrasound tech smarter, between GE and MIT

Philips taking orders for there new MRI system. A Digital MRI system

Andover, Mass. – Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) today announced the United States availability of the Ingenia MRI system, the first-ever digital broadband magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) solution. Previously available in Europe, Canada and Japan, the system has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Driven by Philips commitment to developing innovative patient care solutions, Ingenia MRI delivers exceptional image clarity, scanning efficiency and scalability designed to advance diagnosis and radiology workflow.

The Ingenia system introduces, for the first time in MRI, digital signal acquisition and processing directly at the patient. By digitizing the signal directly in the RF receive coil nearest to the patient and transferring and processing the signal in digital form throughout the imaging chain, Ingenia is able to generate up to a 40 percent improvement in signal-to-noise ratio compared to previous generation systems*. This digital signal acquisition and processing facilitates the delivery of crisp image clarity to help clinicians make informed decisions for a wide range of clinical procedures, including traditional applications like neuro and musculoskeletal and fast-growing applications like body and cardiac. Ingenia’s digital capabilities also overcome the RF channel scalability limitations typical of analog based systems, giving hospitals the flexibility they need to stay on the clinical cutting edge, now and in the future, without expensive hardware upgrades.

“Because of the dStream digital RF architecture, the image quality and the improvements in patient workflow, I really feel that Ingenia is one of the best, if not the best 3.0T system available for neuro imaging,” said Suresh K. Mukherji, MD, FACR, Professor of Radiology and Chief of Neuroradiology at the University of Michigan Health System. “Digital RF design and the dStream concept are clearly the future.”


Philips Ingenia 3.0T

Philips - Sense and Simplicity

Changing expectations


dStream: clarity, speed & expandability



Largest homogenous FOV for a 70cm system


MRI digital coil technology

GE Healthcare has received FDA clearance for its GEM Suite (Geometry Embracing Method) of surface coils. The new design allows for a larger imaging coverage area and in turn requires fewer repositions of patients while giving clinicians more options and a faster scanning process. GEM Suite was designed for and will be available on GE’s Optima MR450w 1.5Tesla MRI.
GE Healthcare’s advances in coil design are made possible through the use of thinner, lightweight, flexible material that can be used with a variety of body types, allowing easier patient positioning for more patients with less pressure.
The GE Healthcare GEM Suite comprises a set of receive-only radio frequency surface coils including the Express Table and GEM Posterior Array, the GEM Head & Neck Unit, the GEM Anterior Array, the GEM Peripheral Vascular/Lower Extremity Array and GEM Flex Coils. Covering 98 percent of all exam types, the GEM coils can be used individually or combined to provide head to toe patient coverage. The GEM suite enables automatic selection of the configuration that best fits the selected region of interest. It includes a total 205cm scanning range, feet first scanning in all supported exams, and design features to embrace patients of a wide variety of shapes and sizes.



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FDA clears new Siemens PET/MRI scanner

FDA clears new system to perform simultaneous PET, MRI scans

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today cleared the Siemens Biograph mMR system, the first device to simultaneously perform a positron emission tomography scan, commonly known as PET scan, and a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan.

PET scans allow physicians to see how the organs and tissues inside the body are actually functioning by injecting a radioactive chemical tracer into the patient’s bloodstream. MRI uses magnetic fields and radiowaves to produce detailed images of organs, soft tissues, bone and other internal body structures.

Previously, physicians could use a PET and computer tomography (CT) scanner to image the body. Advantages of the Siemens Biograph mMR system over current systems include simultaneous imaging, reduced radiation dose, and increased soft tissue contrast.

“The Siemens PET/MRI system allows two tests to run simultaneously without having to move the patient to a different scanning system,” Alberto Gutierrez, Ph.D., director of the Office of In Vitro Diagnostic Device Evaluation and Safety in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “Minimizing changes in a patient’s position between tests allows physicians to compare images more easily and helps them get the most accurate information possible.”

The Biograph uses MRI rather than CT to produce detailed images of the internal structures of the body. Because MRI makes images based mainly on the concentration of water in the body, it can produce greater detail of nearly all the internal structures of the body as compared with CT, which uses X-rays to make images. This could provide the physician with additional information about a patient’s condition.

Additionally, the Biograph mMR system allows physicians to acquire images at a significantly lower radiation dose compared to a PET/CT system. Although the radiation dose from the PET exam remains unchanged, MRI does not use ionizing radiation, so the entire ionizing radiation dose from the CT scan is eliminated. The decreased radiation dose is especially significant for sensitive populations, such as children or patients who are receiving multiple scans.

The FDA cleared the Siemens system based on bench tests that compared the device with a predicate PET/CT device. The Biograph mMR system is indicated for anyone who needs diagnostic PET or MRI imaging. However, people with pacemakers, defibrillators or other implanted electronic devices should not be scanned with the Biograph mMR system unless those devices are specifically indicated for use in the MRI environment, because the strong magnetic fields of the MRI system may interfere with those devices.

The Siemens BioGraph mMR system is manufactured by Siemens Medical Solutions, Malvern, Pa.

For more information:
FDA: MRI Scans
FDA: PET Scans


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