The U.S. FDA has cleared the MAGNETOM Sola, a 1.5 Tesla MRI scanner from Siemens Healthineers that brings BioMatrix technology to the 1.5T market. This technology addresses patient anatomical and physiological differences, as well as differences in how users set up and conduct MRI exams, to increase productivity and decrease rescans.
The MAGNETOM Sola helps healthcare providers perform a full range of routine and complex MRI exams while accelerating workflow and delivering consistent results across all patient types. Specifically, BioMatrix Sensors save setup time and inform the correct exam strategy while respiratory sensors in the patient table eliminate the need for navigators with respiratory-triggered sequences.
Moreover, a new kinetic sensor—an in-bore camera system—enables technologists to visually monitor the patient’s face. Further, BioMatrix tuners improve the quality and reproducibility of head, neck, and spine imaging using distortion-mitigating software and hardware, while BioMatrix interfaces utilize artificial intelligence and body models to expedite patient positioning and deliver reproducible results.
What’s more, the scanner architecture offers high performance in an open, 70-cm bore. Larger body regions can be covered in one step with a full 50x50x50 cm field of view. And lightweight, anatomy-adaptive coils improve patient comfort while delivering high signal-to-noise ratio with up to 204 RF channels.
Finally, new software enables faster scanning to benefit patients and the facility, with Multi-Slice TSE reducing routine musculoskeletal scan times by up to 46%. And compressed sensing not only makes cardiac and dynamic liver exams faster, but also enables the imaging of patients who cannot reliably hold their breath. Combined with Dot workflow engines and Tim 4G technology, the software accelerates scanning from positioning to post-processing with continual quality control of image data.
“With the MAGNETOM Sola, we provide the 1.5T market with the latest MRI advancements designed to overcome the challenges of imaging diverse patient populations,” says Jane Kilkenney, vice president of MR, Siemens Healthineers North America. “By delivering unmatched levels of automation and personalization that address patient and user variability, we enable customers to achieve high-quality imaging – consistently and efficiently—across all patients and procedures.”
A cardiovascular edition of the MAGNETOM Sola—which includes high-performance hardware and software such as Compressed Sensing Cardiac Cine, MyoMaps, and the Cardiac Dot engine—is also available.