Philips releases China's first digital broadband MRI system
Philips has launched Ingenia, the first digital broadband MRI system in China. The system integrates a digital coil design, digital coil interface and digital transferring throughout the whole imaging process. Compared with conventional MRI, the digital broadband MRI provides up to 40 per cent signal-to-noise ratio improvement and is claimed to be the most accurate ultra-high-field MRI.
The Ingenia MRI also aims to provide an enhanced patient experience. For patients that suffer from claustrophobia, the 70cm bore of the digital MRI can, to some extent, alleviate their anxiety. Patients can undergo a whole body scan within one minute and the image can be generated with high SNR and resolution and 55cm field of view, raising the throughput by 30 per cent. In addition, its digital coil design makes for flexible combination of all the coils to suit position of patients, which simplifies workflow and increases patient comfort.
Expansion of clinical capabilities is essential for advanced clinical and research needs. However, expandability of conventional MRI platform is often limited by the number of radiofrequency (RF) channels. The "Channel Independence" on Ingenia enables expansion and enhancement of clinical capability without system RF receive channels upgrading, which reduces additional cost of the equipment for users.