Technology | February 25, 2011

Upgrade Program Provides Pathway for Accessing Latest MR Technology

February 25, 2011 – A new upgrade program will give customers a cost-effective way to access the latest magnetic resonance (MR) technology without having to purchase a new system. The reNew program gives Toshiba Vantage customers multiple upgrade options, including paths to a Vantage Atlas or Vantage Titan.
“The reNew upgrade path enables Toshiba MR customers to stay competitive in the marketplace and improve patient care with minimal impact to their bottom line,” said Stuart Clarkson, director, MR business unit, Toshiba.

Upgrading to Vantage Atlas

Customers upgrading from the Vantage to the Vantage Atlas can take advantage of the advanced integrated coil technology and an extended field of view of 55 x 55 x 50 centimeters. The integrated coil system, which eliminates the need to reposition patients during exams, helps streamline exams and improve workflow creating a faster and more comfortable exam.

Upgrading to Vantage Titan

The Vantage Titan’s large open bore and 71 cm opening creates a more comfortable exam, which can help reduce claustrophobia in some patients. Its large diameter can accommodate some bariatric patients, an important subset of patients who often cannot be imaged on other MR systems with smaller bores. The system also includes powerful gradients to handle demanding imaging sequences and has outstanding homogeneity to provide high image quality.

The MR product line also includes numerous patient-friendly features, such as:

• Pianissimo technology reduces noise by up to 90 percent.

• Contrast-free MR angiography (MRA) techniques enable safer MRA imaging of patients with known renal compromise. Toshiba’s contrast-free MRA techniques include fresh blood imaging (FBI) for evaluating peripheral vascular diseases of the lower legs and extremities; contrast-free improved angiography (CIA) for easier visualization of smaller vessels; time-spatial labeling inversion pulse (time-SLIP) for evaluating hemodynamic, functional assessments, and visualization of vascular structures and time space angiography (TSA) to create noncontrast time-resolved imaging with high temporal resolution.

For more information: www.medical.toshiba.com

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