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RSNA 2006: new Achieva 3.0T X-series and SmartExam

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RSNA 2006: Philips highlights new Achieva 3.0T X-series and SmartExam

Achieva 3.0T X-series offers new levels of performance

Philips offers major performance improvements with the new Achieva 3.0T X-series. Through its X-series technology, resident in the magnet, gradient and RF subsystems, the system provides what is necessary for advanced whole-body 3.0T imaging.


The new patient-friendly, short-bore (1.57 m) system features a maximum FOV of 50 cm that facilitates off-center shoulder imaging, large FOV spine, body imaging, peripheral and whole-body MRA, and whole body imaging in only a few stations. The Achieva 3.0T X-series' new Quasar Dual gradients provide high-performance amplitudes (max. 80 mT/m) and slew rates (max. 200 mT/m/ms) with improved linearity across the full FOV. The X-series RF body coil for Achieva 3.0T delivers optimal SNR and SAR management and is designed for dielectric-free, whole-body imaging that requires no saline bags.


Philips also announces the Achieva FreeWave platform equipped with a 32-channel RF system to dramatically improve existing studies and facilitate emerging applications.


Achieva's compact 3.0T X-series design has enabled introduction of the first mobile Achieva 3.0T X-series system. In addition, Philips introduces a wide variety of high-channel coils for Achieva 3.0T X-series, Achieva 1.5T, and new ST coils for Panorama 1.0T.


 High resolution whole
body imaging <br>with Achieva 3.0T X-series. Achieva 3.0T X-series.
High resolution whole body imaging
with Achieva 3.0T X-series.
Achieva 3.0T X-series.
 Matrix 2048 x 2048. Click image to enlarge and appreciate the excellent spatial resolution.
Matrix 2048 x 2048. Click image to enlarge and appreciate the excellent spatial resolution.

SmartExam for high productivity and efficiency

At RSNA 2006, Philips continues to promote its SmartExam automated planning, scanning and processing technology, based on ExamCards. New is SmartExam for spine and knee studies. Together with brain studies, this covers about 70% of all examinations.


SmartExam offers remarkable inter- and intra-patient scan reproducibility and operator efficiency, which could translate into greater daily throughput. Users can share ExamCards via the Philips NetForum Community, which enables ExamCard download directly into the scanner. SmartExam is available for new and existing users of Achieva 3.0T, Achieva 1.5T and Panorama 1.0T.


These images show that SmartExam provides consistent planning

when applied in an average knee, a large knee, a knee with a

metal pin, and a pediatric knee respectively. Courtesy Dr. Lecouvet,

St. Luc University Hospital, Brussels.

Clinical leadership

The Achieva 3.0T X-series provides the tools necessary to perform cutting edge whole-body 3.0T imaging. The system enables routine clinical imaging in all applications, including best-in-class neuro, body and musculoskeletal imaging.


The FreeWave platform is designed to permit clinical techniques that require higher data rates, bandwidth and resolution (up to 2k imaging), including the latest Philips-exclusive applications: 4D-TRAK, k-t BLAST and SENSE performance up to 16 times faster. Innovative applications include DWIBS, FiberTrak, SENSE spectroscopic imaging, VISTA, Asymmetric TSE.

Total Neuro scanning provides high efficiency and speed

Simultaneous brain and whole-spine scanning is now possible with the new 33-element SENSE Head/Spine coil combination. Complete coverage - from the brain to the sacrum - is possible in a few minutes without patient repositioning.


 33-element SENSE Head/Spine coil combination.
33-element SENSE Head/Spine coil combination.
 T1-weighted T2-weighted





Further techniques under development


The MultiVane technique uses a radial acquisition method, designed to provide diagnostic images despite patient motion in body and neuro imaging.


The THRIVE sequence offers high resolution and excellent contrast in body imaging. Building on this, the 4D-THRIVE technique, a highly accelerated 3D method, is being developed for high spatial resolution, isotropic T1-weighted imaging during contrast uptake.

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