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First mobile Achieva 3.0T TX introduced in the UK

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MRI NetForum Team Philips Healthcare Philips Global

Philips Healthcare and leading UK medical charity Cobalt have developed a mobile 3.0T MRI unit to provide a unique mobile MRI service to the National Health Service. Based around the Achieva 3.0T TX, it is the first mobile 3.0T MRI unit in Europe and the first mobile Achieva 3.0T TX system with MultiTransmit in the world.
 The first mobile Achieva 3.0T TX system with MultiTransmit in the world
The first mobile Achieva 3.0T TX system with MultiTransmit in the world

Mobile MRI unit will provide range of imaging services to centers and hospitals

The unit will provide specialist imaging services to Neuro, Oncology and Orthopedic centers, and routine Neuro and MSK imaging to general hospitals, with very high resolution scans in a shorter time than standard 1.5T and 3.0T systems.

"We've had a 3.0T system at our imaging center for about three years and although we've found it extremely beneficial, there have been some limitations with respect to field of view and dielectric shading," says Cobalt CEO Peter Sharpe. "That's why we're moving straight to the Achieva 3.0T TX with our new 3.0T mobile unit. The system's greater field of view and excellent image uniformity provided by MultiTransmit technology will allow us to expand the range of patients for whom we can provide 3.0T imaging services. It will enable higher quality images and greater patient throughput - up to 40 percent greater with MultiTransmit."

A further benefit of the 3.0T mobile MRI is that it will help advance 3.0T imaging in the UK, reflecting a global trend towards adoption of 3.0T. "The time is right to introduce a 3.0T mobile service," said Peter Sharpe. "It will enable hospitals to experience 3.0T and allow patients to access facilities not currently available within the NHS."

Before Philips introduced the Achieva 3.0T TX's lighter, fourthgeneration 3.0T magnet, with lower-weight magnetic shielding to confine the fringe fields within the unit, weight restrictions on vehicles in the UK precluded a mobile 3.0T system.

Joint commitment

The Philips/Cobalt team toasting the partnership. From left to right: Rob Davies, Philips Regional Manager West and Central UK and Ireland; David Abel Smith, Cobalt Chairman of Trustees; Peter Sharpe, Cobalt Chief Executive Officer; Maarten Barmentlo, Philips VP MRI Systems; Annette Schmidt, Philips MR Business Line UK & Ireland; John Atwill, Philips Managing Director UK & Ireland.

Although Philips and Cobalt have cooperated closely over many years, the new partnership on the 3.0T mobile system is truly a landmark event, involving shared investment and risk.

"We are very pleased with this new partnership with Philips," points out Peter Sharpe. "We've had a long and happy association with the company. From our experience, the equipment is outstanding, with the highest levels of innovation and user friendliness. I am also attracted by the company's honesty - about their products, their potential and even their limitations. That's an important quality in any partnership."

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