FDA Clearance For Siemens’ MAGNETOM Spectra 3T MRI System

In short

Siemens Healthcare has announced that its MAGNETOM Spectra 3 Tesla MRI system has received US FDA clearance. The company believes it has achieved the optimal blend of reduced ownership costs, excellent image quality and rapid scan times with this system which it says provides hospitals and radiological institutes with easier access to 3T technology.

Background

The MAGNETOM Spectra system employs Tim (Total imaging matrix) 4G technology, Siemens’ latest coil generation that the company says unlocks a new level of imaging accuracy and flexibility. This modern array structure allows for high spatial and temporal resolution, which, along with a high-quality signal-to-noise ratio, enables Tim 4G to deliver outstanding image quality. Until now, images of similar quality could be produced only by high-end 3T systems, which require a higher investment. The MAGNETOM Spectra enables private radiology practices, imaging centres and clinics to benefit from high imaging quality for their clinical routine.

The MAGNETOM Spectra system also consumes less energy than other 3T scanners. Furthermore, the magnet-cooling helium is contained in a closed loop, preventing the gas from escaping and reducing the need for costly refills. In addition, various components of the MAGNETOM Spectra help technologists simplify the MRI examination process. For example, the cableless direct-connect coils allow for simple and quick setup, with up to 120 coil elements capable of being combined in a flexible manner. For this reason, even large scans with large anatomical coverage up to whole-body scans (205 cm, or 80.71 inches) can be performed in one examination without patient or coil repositioning.

The MAGNETOM Spectra system can be used for a broad spectrum of applications, from diagnosing damaged ankle cartilage to conducting dynamic abdominal examinations to performing functional brain imaging. To reduce exam complexity, the MAGNETOM Spectra is equipped with Siemens’ MRI workflow solution Dot (Day optimizing throughput), which enables easy, fast selection of the best scan strategy based on the patient’s condition and the clinical indication. Users benefit from step-by-step guidance throughout the examination, receiving decision-making assistance at critical junctures to support consistent, reproducible scanning across patients. Thanks to Siemens’ Tim and Dot technologies, high-quality images can be produced in less time.

Company comments

“Siemens Healthcare is proud to offer the MAGNETOM Spectra MRI system, which opens the door to 3T imaging technology for a wider range of health care facilities than ever before,” said Ioannis Panagiotelis, PhD, vice president of MR, Siemens Healthcare. “The MAGNETOM Spectra delivers crisp, high-resolution images that provide the key to a new level of usability and diagnostic confidence for physicians.”

SOURCE Siemens Healthcare, PR Newswire