Philips Medical Systems has been in the imaging business since the early 1980s as a provider of x-ray and ultrasound systems. In the mid 1980s, the company became an MRI manufacturer and developed its own 1.5T MRI machine called the proton. In 2001, it acquired Marconi Medical Imaging (formally Picker International) that was a long-time manufacturer of medical imaging equipment including x-ray, Nuclear Medicine cameras, fluoroscopy, ultrasound, CT, and MRI machines. Since acquiring Marconi, Philips has made significant industry-leading advances in MRI scanning technology. Throughout this article, we will discuss some of the industry-changing advances that Phillips has made in MRI imaging. To conclude, we have outlined an extensive list of Philips’ models of MRI machines that are available in both new and refurbished configurations.
At the 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) conference, Philips introduced the new 3.0T Ingenia Elition MRI machine. It also debuted the 1.5T Ambition X scanner which is a closed helium-free MRI, otherwise known by its market name, the BlueSeal system. The unit dramatically reduces the use of liquid helium to near zero. Conversely, a typical MR scanner can use up to 1,500 to 2,000 liters of liquid helium, which makes it a super conducting magnet. The Philips BlueSeal uses seven (7) liters of liquid helium in a closed system. This reduction has three unique properties in technology:
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Ingenia MRI System Breakthrough Technology
In 2010, Philips introduced the Ingenia 1.5T and 3T MRI machines with dStream technology. MRIs historically had issues with obtaining a clean signal. However, over time, MRI manufacturers continued to add elements to the coils and channels to their systems to gain more signal from exams. Very quickly, MRI machines went from a typical configuration of four or eight channels to 16 and even 32 channel scanners. Additional wiring and parallel imaging technology added signal on the wires in an analog system, adding extraneous noise from the RF coils to the processing computers, commonly known as "signal noise” in the MRI world. Vendors were continuing to search for technology solutions to increase the signal-to-noise ratio. Typically, a higher signal-to-noise ratio is the goal for equipment manufacturers. Philips’ new MRI machine design digitized the signal at the coil and transferred the data over fiber optic cables to the processing computer instead of using shielded copper wires, analog filters, and multiple signal amplifiers. Using this technology, the signal was less apt to be affected by cross talk and noise than is seen on analog systems. This change in technology produced large increases in signal because the analog to digital converters were found in the RF coils, instead of outside of the MR room.
Additional advances found in the Philips Ingenia system were digital coils embedded in the table, a 70cm bore size, and the utilization of powerful gradient technology. iPatient workflow manager added a standardized way to image patients and increase efficiency fo patient setup times.
Advanced software applications can be added that allow for post processing of exams for the following exam type:
Ingenia 1.5T S: delivers fast, robust scanning methods based on dStream digital quality and speed, along with Premium IQ* for more information in the same time slot.
Ingenia 1.5T (Bid $1,054,789.95)
Ingenia Ambition 1.5T X: world’s first MRI with helium-free feature.
Ingenia Ambition 1.5T S
Both Ambition X and S have the audio-visual experience
Ingenia 3.0T CX
Ingenia Elition 3.0T X (Bid $1,189,000)
Ingenia Elition 3.0T S
Both Elition X and S have the audio-visual experience
Achieva 1.5 T - DS Advance
Ingenia 1.5T – DS
Achieva 3.0T (TX) – DS
There is a model to fit almost every healthcare organization’s needs and the experts at Meridian Leasing are here to help find the best fit. For new equipment, we can provide a lease or financial structure that allows you to acquire the right Philips MRI machine to fit your clinical and financial needs. For additional cost savings or to help meet unbudgeted needs, we can source, supply, and finance a quality refurbished MRI machine. To get started, contact our medical equipment specialist by phone at +1 (855) 980-4578 or send an email to [email protected] for more details or to speak with a medical equipment specialist.