Siemens Healthineers Announces First U.S. Installation of MAGNETOM Vida 3T MRI Scanner
Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University School of Medicine acquires new MRI scanner that supports more precise, personalized care
Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, recently became the first healthcare institution in the United States to install the MAGNETOM® Vida, a 3 Tesla (3T) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner from Siemens Healthineers. The scanner features new BioMatrix technology that addresses patients’ anatomical and physiological differences as well as user variability. By expanding precision medicine through systems such as the MAGNETOM Vida with BioMatrix technology, Siemens Healthineers can help enable healthcare providers to achieve better outcomes at lower cost.
The 70-cm MAGNETOM Vida MRI scanner includes a new magnet design and up to 60/200 XT gradient performance to support high-end clinical applications. Its BioMatrix technology – a collection of sensors, tuners, and interfaces – enables the scanner to adapt automatically to anatomical and physiological characteristics to provide consistent, high-quality imaging for all patient types. The scanner’s architecture and innovative applications simplify and accelerate workflows while increasing exam precision and patient comfort. Its GO technologies automate and simplify workflows from the start of the scan through quality control of the image data, resulting in increased productivity for routine examinations throughout the body. And the Eco-Power technology deactivates power-hungry components that are inactive for long periods, potentially lowering the total cost of ownership over the scanner’s lifetime.
“Siemens Healthineers is excited to provide Washington University’s Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology with the first MAGNETOM Vida scanner in the United States,” said Murat Gungor, Vice President of Magnetic Resonance Imaging at Siemens Healthineers North America. “The scanner will support the institution in delivering more precise, personalized MRI services to its diverse population with greater diagnostic accuracy and patient comfort.”
“We’re using the scanner in clinical trials and other research studies involving cancer patients and patients with neuro-degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, as well as for cardiac imaging,” said Pamela K. Woodard, MD, senior vice chair and division director of radiology research facilities at Washington University’s Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology. “In addition to accommodating a broad range of imaging studies, the new scanner will cut some MRI scan times by half, to 30 minutes. This benefits patients by reducing the time they spend in the scanner. It also means greater scheduling flexibility and increased access to equipment for our researchers.”
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