Philips expands Achieva line, releases upgradeable 1.5 T

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Royal Philips Electronics demonstrated its new Achieva 3.0T X-series MR system which features a new X-series technology encompassing magnet, gradient and RF advancements which can boost performance and also increase the system’s field of view. The system includes new software that builds on the sorts of applications the system can be used for, such as MSK, multi-vein, as well as a motion correction software option that is pending FDA clearance, but that should be available in 2007, the company said. 

The Achieva 3.0T X-series is built to conduct routine to advanced imaging across all clinical applications but to operate as easily as a 1.5T system. Additionally, the new X-series will be available in a mobile configuration.

Additional features include 2K Imaging, 4D-TRAK, SENSE, FiberTrak, SENSE Spectroscopy, and DWIBS (diffusion-weighted whole body imaging with background body signal suppression), the Achieva 3.0T X-series provides the high speed and resolution clinicians need to quickly and accurately assess results. Philips Achieva 3.0T X-series also features SmartExam, a tool for one-click planning, scanning and processing that can be reproduced consistently time after time regardless of system operator

The SmartExam application itself has been upgraded, and can now be extended to applications such as the brain, knee, and eventually in 2007 also the spine.

At the show, Philips also announced a new system called the Achieva XR, a 1.5T system that has the same basic look and dimensions as the 3T system. Basically, once available, it will function as a baby step for those not yet ready to invest in 3T. The XR system will allow customers to easily upgrade to 3T when the time comes by replacing the RF coil, Philips said.