GE Healthcare has introduced a 1.5T 16-channel 60cm digital broadband MR system , Optima MR360 Advance, in India. Optima MR360 Advance provides high-definition image quality and addresses the demand for increased patient comfort, increased productivity and reduced total cost of ownership under GE's guiding principle of humanising MR.
Conventional MRI systems use analogue components for the signal acquisition and processing needed to produce images of human body. The analogue components and processes limits the quality and clarity of clinical images required for accurate diagnosis of a disease or condition. The Optima MR360 Advance features GE's 16-channel Express coil technology that was designed to be intuitive and easy to use for technologists while improving image quality. This is also paired with a new low-height table for easy patient access, even for larger patients.
The Optima MR360 Advance is designed to feature the OpTix Optical RF technology, which offers high channel count, analogue to digital signal conversion inside the scan room to minimise noise and signal degradation, but away from the patient to enhance comfort and safety. OpTix provides up to 27 per cent higher signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) over its conventional, analogue signal receivers, improving image quality and clinical confidence. Reduction in SNR leads to high definition, superior quality clinical images needed for informed decisions on some of the most difficult patient procedures.
Optima MR360 Advance is engineered to use ecomagination-certified technologies like efficient gradients, water-cooling, super capacitors and a Power D Power distribution unit with a 28 per cent lower energy rating, reducing energy consumption by 34 per cent compared with previous generations. With all of these ecomagination features, these systems are intended to lower the total cost of ownership while still delivering excellent clinical performance.
India, one of the words most prominent emerging markets, generated medical equipment sales of US$2.2 billion in 2011. Espicom forecasts market growth of 16 per cent year-on-year, to US$6.3 billion by 2018.