Philips releases digital MRI

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Royal Philips Electronics, of Andover, Mass., has received 510(k) FDA approval for its 1.5 and 3.0 T Ingenia MRI systems.

The broadband digital MRI technology--already available in Europe, Canada and Japan--utilizes digital signal acquisition and processing. According to Philips, the digitization of the radio frequency (RF) coil nearest the patient and of the transfer and processing of the signal throughout the imaging chain results in improvements in the system’s signal-to-noise ratio.

The system also operates with a hidden posterior coil and a 70 cm bore, which enable two-station whole upper body imaging without manipulation of the patient or coil, the company added.