Siemens Medical Solutions announced that it has installed the 1,000th system utilizing Tim (Total imaging matrix) technology. The Tim technology – which was created for the MRI industry to improve workflow by eliminating the need for patient repositioning and manual coil changes – was first introduced at the 2003 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting, Siemens said.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. is the facility that pushed Siemens to the 1,000 mark. The hospital is the world's largest institution dedicated to patient care and research in the catastrophic diseases of children. The hospital installed the MAGNETOM Trio 3 Tesla (3T) MRI system with Tim in March 2006 and the MAGNETOM Avanto 1.5T MRI system in December 2005. The St. Jude MRI program seeks to optimize imaging in children with cancer, sickle cell disease, and related infectious diseases.