"I think that is coming, but it is a little too early to tell right now,"
About 360 MR systems worth roughly $340 million were shipped to European customers
in 1997 from a variety of manufacturers.
Approximately 20% of the biomedical research in Britain is done at the University
College of London, according to Roger Ordidge of the department of medical physics
at UCL. He said the whole-body 4.7-tesla scanner is the highest field scanner
in all of Europe. Ordidge is leading the University College of London team in
its work with the new scanner.
"One of the things you can look at is the functional activation of the
brain. We have already found the higher field has a much larger signal than
low-field machines provide," Ordidge said.
Eastwood said Marconi has no current plans to market the 4.7-tesla scanner.
"There is always a possibility, but no more than that," she said.
Cambridge, Oxford, and Nottingham Universities all have 3-tesla MR scanners
for research purposes, Ordidge said.
GE Medical Systems and Philips are working with U.S. universities on research
projects with their imaging equipment as well.