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The Most Exciting Equation in MRI Siemens MAGNETOM Verio Combines High-Field Imaging and a 70-cm Open-Bore Design



10/31/2007 8:16:07 AM

MALVERN, Pa., Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Combining 3 Tesla strength and sensitivity with a patient-friendly, open-bore design, Siemens Medical Solutions (www.usa.siemens.com/medical) has introduced the MAGNETOM(R) Verio, a 3 Tesla (T) MRI system with a 70 cm open bore and Total imaging matrix (Tim(TM)) technology. Today marks the first time all these attributes have been combined in one solution. The Verio represents a new class of MRI technology that increases access to advanced diagnostic capabilities. The Verio delivers high-field imaging to many patients who could not benefit from the technology before.

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"The Verio will help open the doors to high-quality diagnostic imaging for patients who typically have not had access to MR imaging, particularly those who are claustrophobic, in pain or discomfort or those who weigh up to 550 lbs," said Jeffrey Bundy, vice president, Siemens Medical Solutions, MR Division. "Healthcare providers will also realize numerous benefits, as the Verio will help to maximize volume and referrals by scanning a broader range of patients; increases throughput; and helps to minimize operating costs delivered by the shortest, ultra-light magnet that can be sited into the same space as a 1.5T system."

A Wide Range of Applications Serving a Greater Number of Patients

3T: With the strongest magnet field strength used clinically, the Verio can be used for many applications, including neurology and functional neuro evaluation, orthopedic and cartilage assessment, breast, vascular and cardiac imaging. The 3T system optimizes parallel imaging, accelerates scan time and improves visualization as well as patient throughput.

Bore: The Verio has the shortest length of any 3T system on the market today, along with a 70-cm bore, the largest available on the market today.. These two attributes, which help reduce a patient's anxiety and discomfort, enable clinicians to expand care to otherwise hard-to-image patients, such as children, patients challenged because of pain and mobility, and the elderly. The larger space will also help when imaging claustrophobic patients because fewer patients will need sedation or refuse MR imaging services. Patient access is improved for both intensive care patients and MRI-guided interventional procedures, and kinematic studies can be performed easier.

Table: The Verio may prove particularly valuable in treating obese patients, an epidemic afflicting one in three Americans. Studies show that obese people may not be able to access necessary medical care -- particularly medical imaging -- due to the fact that in some cases they exceed a machine's bore capacity and/or table weight. The Verio meets these challenges by offering a bore that is larger than many conventional systems and a 550-lb table-weight capacity.

Tim: The Verio, with the power of Tim, has up to 102 seamlessly integrated matrix coil elements and up to 32 independent radiofrequency channels, enabling advanced clinical applications. Tim allows flexible combinations of up to four different coils that make patient and coil repositioning virtually unnecessary. For example, clinicians can perform a whole central nervous system exam in less than 10 minutes. By providing increased speed and accuracy, Tim helps makes every aspect of workflow more efficient and productive.

Cutting-Edge Applications with syngo(R)

syngo MR, Siemens' highly intuitive user interface, enables clinicians to evaluate the most complex pathologies quickly and confidently. Now, for the first time, these high-field imaging applications are available on a 3T system with an Open Bore -- opening up access to a wider range of patients. Innovative applications include:

Delivering Images to Physicians

Tying it all together, the syngo Expert-I software helps physicians transition to offering 3T MRI services. It provides them with the ability to remotely access the MRI suite from virtually anywhere within the enterprise network, making it possible to address difficult clinical questions via a networked computer while a patient is being scanned.

About Siemens Medical Solutions

Siemens Medical Solutions of Siemens AG is one of the world's largest suppliers to the healthcare industry. The company is known for bringing together innovative medical technologies, healthcare information systems, management consulting, and support services, to help customers achieve tangible, sustainable, clinical and financial outcomes. Recent acquisitions in the area of in-vitro diagnostics -- such as Diagnostic Products Corporation and Bayer Diagnostics -- mark a significant milestone for Siemens as it becomes the first full service diagnostics company. Employing more than 41,000 people worldwide and operating in over 130 countries, Siemens Medical Solutions reported sales of 8.23 billion EUR, orders of 9.33 billion EUR and group profit of 1.06 billion EUR for fiscal 2006 (Sept. 30). Further information can be found by visiting www.usa.siemens.com/medical-pressroom.




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