Royal Philips, Amsterdam, a global leader in health technology, has released the Ingenia Ambition X 1.5T MR.

Incorporating Philips’ breakthrough BlueSeal fully-sealed magnet, the Ingenia Ambition X 1.5T MR is the world’s first magnetic resonance system to enable helium-free operations, reducing the chance of potentially lengthy and costly disruptions, and virtually eliminating dependency on a commodity with an unpredictable supply. The fully-sealed MR system does not require a vent pipe, and is around 900kg lighter than its predecessor, significantly reducing the siting challenges presented by conventional magnets and lowering construction costs, according to the company.

“BlueSeal is breakthrough MRI technology and we’re proud to be first to market. The fully-sealed magnet dramatically reduces the amount of liquid helium needed to cool the magnet to less than half a percent of the current norm,” says Arjen Radder, global business leader for MR at Philips. “This results in significant operational benefits for our customers, including a smaller, lighter and more flexible installation footprint and a more efficient return to normal operations if an interruption in service should ever occur.”

The new MR system from Philips is CE marked and has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA. The first commercial installation was recently completed at Spital Uster Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland.

“We are very proud to be the first hospital in the world to offer this new cutting edge, resource-friendly MRI technology to our patients,” says Andreas Steinauer, chief radiologist at the hospital. With the new Philips Ingenia Ambition X, our patients can have the best of two worlds: leading MRI technology with a smaller footprint. This new leaner platform will allow more sites to deliver advanced MRI technology to their patients, helping to improve patient care.”

To learn more, visit Philips.