Technology | February 19, 2008

FDA Clears Siemens’ ‘Affordable’ 1.5T MRI

Siemens Medical Solutions received FDA 510(k) clearance for a 1.5T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system that is reportedly more affordable, allowing providers to upgrade from low-field MRI systems or to add an MRI system for the first time.
The cost of the new 1.5T MAGNETOM Essenza can reportedly be as much as $500,000 less than other 1.5T systems, making it possible for small hospitals and diagnostic imaging centers to offer a new range of imaging services. The magnet is lightweight (approximately 3.5 tons) and has an ultra-short bore length of 145 centimeters.

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