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Toshiba gets FDA nod for 3T MRI upgrades

Toshiba America Medical Systems has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for a package of hardware and software upgrades for its Vantage Titan 3T MRI scanner.3T-MRI

The upgrades are available for new Titan 3T scanners and for systems installed in the field. The enhancements are designed to improve image quality and workflow in both the clinical and research settings, according to the company.

The upgrades include a new design for the company’s Saturn gradients that increases performance and results in better image stability, as well as improvements in functional MRI performance.

Other upgrades are found in the company’s mVox 3D isotropic imaging protocol, Time-SLIP arterial spin labeling protocol for noncontrast imaging of cerebral vascular circulation, 16-channel flex and medium large coils, and M-Power interface.

The upgrades feature several enhancements:

Saturn Gradient: This entirely new gradient design option provides increased performance and image stability for maximum quality.

fMRI Enhancements: With Pianissimo noise reduction technology, Titan 3T MR systems deliver the quietest fMRI in the industry, ensuring a patient-friendly environment.

Diffusion Tensor Imaging: With the benefit of the new gradient design and the Pianissimo noise reduction technology, Toshiba delivers outstanding performance in a patient-friendly environment.

Isotropic Imaging: Toshiba’s mVox 3D isotropic imaging makes high-quality MPR 3D post-processing possible in any plane.

Arterial Spin Labeling: Time-SLIP labeling provides improved visualization of cerebral vascular circulation without the use of contrast media.

16-Channel Flex Medium and Large Coils: These multi-purpose coils improve signal-to-noise ratio for better high-resolution imaging of a variety of anatomical regions.

Updated M-Power Interface: This user-friendly interface now includes more flexibility in parameters and new sequences to offer operators better control and faster access to crucial information.

“These software enhancements were designed for customers in both the clinical and research space, highlighting image quality without hindering workflow,” said Guy Poloni, director, MR Business Unit, Toshiba. “These upgrades make Toshiba a strong contender in the high-end 3T MR market.”

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