Composiflex introduces MR-compatible positioning systems

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CHICAGO, Nov. 27—Composite product developer Composiflex has introduced a line of patient positioning systems that are compatible with MRI-based diagnostic procedures and is demonstrating their capabilities this week at the 93rd annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

The vast majority of composite patient positioning products in the market today are manufactured using carbon fiber, which is primarily applicable for use with CT scan and x-ray technologies, but not with MRI equipment, according to the Erie, Penn.-based vendor.

"Through our material science expertise and advanced design capabilities, Composiflex is focusing on providing medical product solutions that are suitable for magnetic resonance systems by altering the material make-up and design of current products, or creating new ones,” said Marty Matthews, a sales and marketing executive with the firm. “Additionally, we are developing multi-mode medical products that healthcare providers can successfully use with a range of technologies including MRI, CT scan, PET and X-ray platforms."

Potential composite medical device solutions for magnetic resonance and multi-mode compatibility include tabletops/couches/pallets, extensions, oncology breast boards, head-and-neck immobility products, and other accessories, Composiflex said.