Summary: United Imaging’s uMR Jupiter 5T MRI system, recently cleared by the FDA, provides whole-body imaging above 3T with an 8-channel multi-transmit system, offering enhanced anatomical clarity while tackling image uniformity and safety challenges through thoughtful engineering.

Key Takeaways

  1. United Imaging’s uMR Jupiter 5T MRI system has been cleared by the FDA, representing a significant milestone as the world’s first whole-body MRI system above 3T.
  2. The system’s 8-channel whole-body multi-transmit technology provides enhanced clarity and detail, overcoming historical challenges in ultra-high-field imaging.
  3. With ultra-high-field magnet strength, the uMR Jupiter 5T extends imaging to previously difficult regions like the heart, abdomen, and pelvis, offering greater precision for diagnosis.

United Imaging announces that the U.S. FDA has cleared its uMR Jupiter 5T MRI system, which features an 8-channel whole-body multi-transmit system.

First Whole-Body MRI Above 3T

“For decades, whole body applications above 3T have been elusive, and this system was targeted to open those doors. uMR Jupiter breaks new ground and defines a new technical category of systems,” says Al Zhang, PhD, chairman and co-CEO of United Imaging. “We are excited to be able to discuss this technology at ISMRM with the world.”

Jeffrey M. Bundy, PhD, president and chief commercial officer of United Imaging in North America, also spoke out about the device, commenting: “We have always prioritized innovation that can make a broad clinical impact. Because it is aimed first and foremost at bringing ultra-high-field into greater clinical use, we believe it will have an exciting impact across our industry, and for clinical patients across the globe who have never had access to ultra-high-field in the past.”

Overcoming Imaging Challenges

Moreover, the uMR Jupiter 5T enables clinicians to visualize anatomical structures with enhanced clarity and detail, harnessing ultra-high-field magnet strength for improved resolution and a higher signal-to-noise ratio. Its design extends imaging capabilities to previously challenging regions like the heart, abdomen, and pelvis. This technology allows radiologists to identify and diagnose conditions with greater precision, United Imaging officials say.

Finally, the uMR Jupiter 5T addresses two key challenges associated with ultra-high-field MRI: image uniformity and radiofrequency safety. Careful design and engineering help ensure consistent image quality and patient safety.