Hitachi Launches New Open MRI Systems at ECR 2021

March 4, 2021
Whitney J. Palmer

Two new permanent MRI systems are designed to streamline workflow and truncate scan time by roughly one-third.

Hitachi Medical Systems launched two new permanent open MRI systems at the start of the 2021 European Congress of Radiology. Both systems are equipped with SynergyDrive workflow solution.

Hitachi unveiled its first permanent open MRI system in 1996, but these two new systems are designed with lower field strength. They are also offer automated – and faster – image capture, according to a company statement.

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Both the APERTO Lucent Plus, a 0.4T permanent open MRI, and the AIRIS Vento Plus, a 0.3T permanent open MRI, provide high-speed exams with motion-free images, as well as easy siting and operation for fast return-of-image and an open design that maximizes patient comfort. In addition, they also share three main features:

IP-RAPID: This high-speed feature shortens scan times without loss of image quality, and it combines under-sampling and image reconstruction via iterative image processing to perform T1-weighted, T2-weighted, STIR, FLAIR, MRA, diffusion-weighted, and fat-water separation images.

AutoExam: By pre-defining scan condition settings, such as slice positioning, image processing, image display, and image transfer, this feature offers single-click exams. According to the company statement, it can automatically propose the optimum slice plane on the brain immediately after the scanogram, and up to five slice planes can be preset for slice plane and angle. With an AutoClip function, it automatically depicts the region of interest of the brain MRA.

SynergyDrive: By combining IP-RAPID and AutoExam, this feature improves operability, the company said, and can reduce scan times by up to 30 percent compared to Hitachi’s conventional open MRI systems.

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