Two New MRI Scanners Use Tim 4G and DOT systems
The Siemens Magnetom Aera 1.5 Tesla and Magnetom Skyra 3T MRI scanners are the first Tim 4G and DOT systems to receive U.S. clearance.
Tim 4G, the fourth generation of Siemens-exclusive RF technology, starts with 48 RF channels at both 1.5 and 3T. Tim’s all digital-in/digital-out design, DirectRF, integrates all RF transmit and receive components at the magnet, eliminating analog cables.
Additionally, the Dual-Density Signal Transfer coil architecture sends signals from two independent coil elements on a single wire using two different frequencies. This offers improved signal-to-noise and enables higher density of RF elements/channels within a given coil housing.
The Aera and Skyra systems also feature the DOT (Day optimizing throughput) engine that provides a customizable framework for patient personalization, user guidance and exam automation.
DOT engines provide guidance views with text and images for online guidance through even the most complicated exams, and intelligent workflows can be customized, so scans are completed faster and more easily. An improved auto-align technology enables automated positioning and consistent alignment of slices for faster positioning and robust image quality across all patients.
The Magnetom Aera and Skyra 70 centimeter open bore systems have been available outside the United States since November 2009. The systems were cleared for use in the U.S. in October 2010.
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