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Philips 7.0T Meeting highlights progress of ultra-high field MR

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Philips 7.0T Meeting highlights progress of ultra-high field strength MR

Philips research partners enthusiastic about 7.0T possibilities

Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science (VUIIS) hosted the third Philips 7.0T Research Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, USA on June 24-26, 2007. An enthusiastic group of 79 attendees from the United States, Europe and Japan, including more than 30 Philips representatives, shared results and ideas related to potential applications and technology of whole-body, ultra-high field strength MR with the Philips Achieva 7.0T research system.


"The meeting provided the opportunity for existing sites to present their work and research to researchers of the same system," says Professor John Gore, director of VUIIS, Chancellors University Professor and co-chair of the meeting. "This was also a useful forum for researchers to give feedback to Philips engineering and management teams."

New developments, first clinical studies featured

The meeting's scientific program featured the first clinical studies performed on the Achieva 7.0T research system. Researchers from all sites using Achieva 7.0T presented on MR imaging and spectroscopy with 7.0T. "Presentations focused on novel ways to obtain improved image and spectral quality," says Prof. Gore, with sessions on optimizing 7.0T for investigating neurological disorders, functional MRI and spectroscopy of hypothalamic function, and quantitative methods at 7.0T.


In an update with Philips representatives, participants gained an understanding of the Achieva 7.0T development roadmap. Successive breakout sessions gave participants the opportunity to discuss the roadmap and other practical issues such as safety, siting, IRB, protocol sharing and support.


Diverse guided discussion topics ran from mechanical aspects of the 7.0T such as hardware advances, shimming, and RF coils and interfaces to practical dialogue on functional MRI and anatomical and angiographic imaging.


Researchers are eagerly anticipating next year's Achieva 7.0T users' meeting, to be held in June at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule) in Zurich, Switzerland.

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