Technology | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | February 17, 2017

FDA Clears Siemens Magnetom Sempra MRI System

Cost-efficient system includes standardized, automated workflows for nearly 75 percent of MRI exams

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February 17, 2017 — Siemens Healthineers announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the Magnetom Sempra 60-cm 1.5 Tesla (1.5T) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system.

Siemens said the Magnetom Sempra is distinguished by its low operating costs, innovative technologies, and full-coverage service contract, which help radiological practices and groups, as well as small- and medium-sized hospitals, operate profitably despite rising industry cost pressures. Additionally, the system’s standardized workflows are designed to help facilities achieve consistent, user- and patient-independent levels of quality.

With Day optimizing throughput (Dot) workflow engines, the system enables the user to adjust to each clinical case and to the condition of each patient while simultaneously maintaining exam standardization. The system comes equipped with three Dot engines to automate and streamline workflow for brain, spine and large joint procedures. These Dot engines cover roughly three-quarters of the average exam volume and help users increase productivity in addition to avoiding unnecessary and costly repeat scans.

The Magnetom Sempra includes applications that enable facilities to respond to competitive pressure and adapt to changing market demands. For example, facilities can scan in the presence of MRI-safe metallic implants with improved visualization of surrounding soft tissue, including hip and knee implants. The system’s software platform includes the company’s etablished Quiet Suite technology, which can reduce sound pressure by up to 97 percent in brain and musculoskeletal exams while delivering high-quality images. Quiet Suite technology can benefit anxious patients and offer a more positive exam experience.

With its equipped Dot engines, the Magnetom Sempra enables users to perform exams in just 10 minutes – including a brain exam, from patient positioning to exam completion – using time- and image-optimized protocols that cover most commonly scanned body parts.

To reduce overall operating costs, the system offers Eco-Power technology, which monitors and controls the magnet-cooling helium to reduce energy consumption by up to 30 percent compared to the system’s normal mode. Zero Helium boil-off technology, a supplementary feature, prevents helium evaporation, so operators can avoid expensive helium refills and resultant downtimes.

For more information: www.usa.siemens.com

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