Philips launches first digital MRI in US

Philips is to launch its Ingenia MRI system in the US, following FDA clearance.

The system, which is already available in Europe, Canada and Japan, is the first digital broadband magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) solution.

Current MRI systems use analog components for the signal acquisition and processing needed to generate patient images. However, the use of analog components during these processes has limited the upper reaches of image clarity and quality.

The Ingenia system is the first digital MRI scanner and so is able to generate up to a 40% improvement in signal-to-noise ratio.

Use of digital signal acquisition and processing allows the delivery of crisp image clarity to help clinicians make informed decisions for a wide range of clinical procedures.

According to the manufacturer, Ingenia’s digital capabilities also overcome the RF channel scalability limitations typical of analog based systems and “eliminates unnecessary exam preparation time and offers a more comfortable patient experience”.

“Because of the dStream digital RF architecture, the image quality and the improvements in patient workflow, I really feel that Ingenia is one of the best, if not the best 3.0T system available for neuro imaging,” said Suresh K. Mukherji, MD, FACR, Professor of Radiology and Chief of Neuroradiology at the University of Michigan Health System.

Netherlands-based Royal Philips Electronics is a market leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare.