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Siemens Medical Solutions installs South Asia’s first most compact and only wide bore 3 Tesla Magnetom Verio magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system at EKO X-RAY & IMAGING INSTITUTE, Kolkata. It is a new class of patient-friendly MRI system, which combines 3 Tesla ultra high field technology, 70 cm magnet bore and Tim (Total imaging matrix) technology to provide superior diagnosis, exceptional patient comfort and excellent image quality.
The system’s magnet bore of 70 cm in diameter has solved the problem of scanning obese patients and also greatly alleviates concerns of claustrophobia in many patients. The wider space makes it possible to scan patients who could not be examined with the MRI system in the past as well, for instance, patients suffering from kyphosis; limited mobility or pain; pediatric patients; patients with lower back pain; semirecumbent cervical spine; etc. Siemens has managed to develop this MRI as the shortest in length and widest in bore with 3 Tesla system currently available in the market. This makes MRI diagnosis more patient friendly with high accuracy.
Magnetom Verio with its state-of-the-art Tim technology evaluates the most complex pathologies for easy treatment, even of difficult patients, including advanced applications as part of the routine diagnosis. It also provides the ability to remotely access the MRI suite from virtually anywhere within the enterprise network, making it possible to address difficult clinical questions via the network, while a patient is being scanned. As the patients are less likely to move during the examinations than usual, Magnetom Verio provides exceptionally good image quality. With the Syngo DTI (Diffusion Tensor Imaging), for example, complete 3D views of neuronal fibers are available.
Magnetom Verio is equipped with a comparably ultra light magnet of only six tons. This hi-tech magnet has zero helium boil-off and there is no need to regularly refill with helium. Moreover, with the strongest magnet field strength used clinically, the system can be used for many applications, including neurology and functional neuro evaluation, orthopedic and cartilage assessment, breast, vascular and cardiac imaging.
The 3 Tesla market is one of the fastest growing, where Magnetom Verio meets every market demand with a single system — increasing requirements for patient comfort, supporting high image quality and efficient workflow. At the launch, Mr. D Ragavan, Executive Vice President, Siemens Medical Solutions stated, “Amongst all the diagnostic technologies, MRI is the most versatile one. It can be used to do whole body diagnostics, while at the same time, does not deliver any harmful radiation. Siemens has introduced several innovations in the area of MRI imaging, notable amongst them being the launch of Tim technology. Now with the introduction of Magnetom Verio, Siemens has addressed the twin objectives of very high end diagnostics capabilities, while at the same time, making the technology ‘patient friendly’.”
Mr. Ragavan further added, “With its 70 cm gantry opening, Magnetom Verio is the widest in the industry and will almost completely eliminate the feeling of claustrophobia. We are confident that it will set a new benchmark in the MRI field. We are very delighted that the first Verio installation has come up in EKO X-RAY & IMAGING INSTITUTE. Dr. S.K. Sharma is one of India’s pioneering radiologists and we are very glad that he and his team are the first ones to introduce this exciting technology to the benefits of the patients in India.”
Dr. S. K. Sharma, Director, EKO X-RAY & IMAGING INSTITUTE explained, "With the choice of several 3 Tesla MRI units available today, we at EKO X-RAY & IMAGING INSTITUTE unanimously selected Magnetom Verio. Our Institute has the experience of 1.0 Tesla MRI since 1992 and of 1.5 Tesla since 2002. When we initiated the selection process for 3 Tesla MRI, our aim was to give the best possible diagnostic facility to the patients with the most advanced and comfortable MR scanner and at the shortest possible scan time. Magnetom Verio had all the necessary advantages over other available systems and was the obvious choice.”
About Siemens Ltd.
Siemens Ltd. is the flagship listed company in India. Siemens in India, which comprises of 19 legal entities, is a leading provider of industry and infrastructure solutions with a business volume aggregating about Rs 11,000 crores. It operates in the core business segments of Energy, Industry Transportation, Healthcare, Information Technology, Communication and Lighting. It has nation-wide Sales and Service network, 18 manufacturing plants, some 500 strong network of channel partners and employs over 18,000 people.
About Siemens Healthcare
The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world’s largest suppliers to the healthcare industry. The company is a renowned medical solutions provider with core competence and innovative strength in diagnostic and therapeutic technologies as well as in knowledge engineering, including information technology and system integration. With its laboratory diagnostics acquisitions, Siemens Healthcare is the first integrated healthcare company, bringing together imaging and lab diagnostics, therapy, and healthcare information technology solutions, supplemented by consulting and support services. Siemens Healthcare delivers solutions across the entire continuum of care – from prevention and early detection, to diagnosis, therapy and care. Additionally, Siemens Healthcare is the global market leader in innovative hearing instruments. The company employs more than 49,000 people worldwide and operates in 130 countries. In the fiscal year 2007 (Sept. 30), Siemens Healthcare reported sales of €9.85 billion, orders of €10.27 billion, and group profit of €1.32 billion. Further information can be found by visiting http://www.siemens.com/healthcare.