Low-field Picker breast coil approved

February 15, 1995

Picker International received Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearance in December to marketa bilateral breast coil for its 0.1-tesla Merit MRI scanner. Thetransmit/receive coil is designed to image one or both breastssimultaneously, with its

Picker International received Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearance in December to marketa bilateral breast coil for its 0.1-tesla Merit MRI scanner. Thetransmit/receive coil is designed to image one or both breastssimultaneously, with its field-of-view covering surrounding tissueincluding axillary nodes, the Cleveland manufacturer said.

Two software programs are included with the coil. One monitorscontrast-medium uptake, while the other is a phase imaging sequencethat uses a special fat-suppression technique to accommodate circumstancesencountered with MRI breast imaging at low field strength, accordingto Picker.

Merit is manufactured by Picker Nordstar, a joint venture ofPicker and Instrumentarium Imaging of Helsinki (SCAN 2/10/93).Picker received FDA clearance for a bilateral breast coil forits mid- and high-field MRI systems in 1992.