Philips, Phoenix hospital ink deal for MR neuro research

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Royal Philips Electronics has established a five-year agreement with St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix to pursue neurology research with MRI technology.

The research will take place at the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s. The research team, made up of scientists and researchers from North Andover, Mass.-based Philips and Barrow, will focus the majority of their work on developing new neurological MRI applications. In particular, one goal is to develop technologies that can significantly accelerate MRI scans, leading to a reduction in both the scan’s duration and cost.

As part of the five-year agreement, Philips will install its Ingenia 3T MRI scanner in the institute’s research lab. Ingenia is a digital MRI system, offering digital signal acquisition and processing at the patient, according to Philips. The digital platform also allows for the integration of other measurements, as well as image capture and reconstruction technology, the company said.