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First Achieva 7.0T Users Meeting

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MRI NetForum Team Philips Healthcare Philips Global

Prospective and current ultra-high field users eager to explore 7.0T's potential

Enthusiasm and optimism ran high at Philips' Cleveland MR facility, June 20-21, 2005, at the first Users Meeting for existing and prospective users of Philips' Achieva 7.0T research system. About 70 conferees - customers from 17 international luminary sites and Philips staff - attended to learn about and discuss the system's technology, scanning potential and site requirements. On the opening day of the Users Meeting, customers, Philips representatives, and the Governor of the State of Ohio participated in an opening event for the Ultra- High Field MRI Research Center at the Cleveland plant, with Achieva 7.0T as the centerpiece. Achieva 7.0T systems are currently installed at the Philips Cleveland facility,The Ohio State University (USA) and Nottingham University (UK).
 The Achieva 7.0T At the Ultra-High Field MRI Research Center opening event, from left: Jacques Coumans (VP Global Marketing MR), Ohio State Governor, Bob Taft, and Gerry Ranasinghe (general MR manager at Philips Cleveland). The Ultra-High Field MRI Research Center.
The Achieva 7.0T
At the Ultra-High Field MRI Research Center opening event, from left: Jacques Coumans (VP Global Marketing MR), Ohio State Governor, Bob Taft, and Gerry Ranasinghe (general MR manager at Philips Cleveland).
The Ultra-High Field MRI Research Center.

 

"The Ultra-High Field MRI Research Center and the Achieva 7.0T will give researchers access to new MR applications with an investigative power previously unattainable, thereby improving our understanding of neurological diseases," said Gerry Ranasinghe, general manager, MR, at the Cleveland facility. "In addition, all Philips family MR systems will benefit as we enhance our MR knowledge and leadership through the 7.0T program."

During the first day of the Users Meeting, attendees gained an appreciation of the Achieva 7.0T development roadmap and the Philips program structure. Philips representatives also discussed Achieva 7.0T engineering status and Cleveland MR development team members shared their plans for the research whole-body system.

On the meeting's second day, breakout sessions provided small-group hands-on scanning in the Achieva 7.0T suite as well as discussions between customers and Philips expert panels, on the subjects of regulatory and siting issues, RF components, spectroscopy and related system issues. The feedback questionnaires confirmed the 7.0T Users Meeting attendees' unqualified support for the event and the technology.

 

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The first Achieva 7.0T Users Meeting, held June 2005 at the new Ultra-High Field MRI Research Center at Philips' Cleveland MR site, drew customers from top international luminary sites.


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