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Philips 7.0T research meeting indicates steady development

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Second Philips 7.0T research meeting indicates steady development

Interest and enthusiasm in the Philips 7.0T research system remain incredibly high among both Philips and customer groups, if the second annual Philips 7.0T user meeting is any indication. On June 18-20, the Philips 7.0T community gathered in Nottingham, U.K. for the meeting, drawing 36 customers and prospects - representing 10 prominent MR research institutions - in addition to 26 Philips participants from the USA and Europe.

 

The Ohio State University (OSU, Columbus, Ohio) and the University of Notthingham (Nottingham, U.K.) are currently operating 7.0T scanners. Representatives of these sites presented their first imaging and spectroscopy results. In fact, OSU recently received approval from its Investigational Review Board to conduct patient/volunteer studies, and investigators have begun planned projects with all due speed. At Nottingham, many studies are already underway, as was illustrated in presentations and hands-on scanning sessions.

The meeting agenda consisted of lectures by Philips staff and customers, as well as breakout "carousel" groups, which focused on topics such as: siting, service, IRB/ethics, safety, hands-on 7.0T scanning, technology, design and devices and the Philips 7.0T development roadmap and priorities. "Ballots" gathered from users and follow-up discussions indicated strong interest in further 7.0T developments, such as new technology and more applications.

New sites look into the future

Customers from the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBTZ) of the ETH/University of Zurich, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, the University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW), Dallas, TX, Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) and University of Utrecht (UMCU) in the Netherlands, presented their 7.0T plans and reported on the status of preparations. Zurich, for its part, began clinical research involving 7.0T scanning of human subjects just one week after the 7.0T meeting ended.

Official opening of Nottingham Centre

Participants at the 2006 Philips 7.0T MR user meeting also stayed for the official opening of the Sir Peter Mansfield Magnetic Resonance Centre (SPMMRC), which houses Nottingham's Achieva 7.0T and other Philips systems. At the opening Sir Peter Mansfield spoke about his early experiments, performed in his labs on the Nottingham campus, which led to the founding of MRI and the 2003 Nobel Prize for Medicine.


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