Siemens Healthineers, the separately managed healthcare business of Siemens AG, unveiled the Magnetom Sempra, a 1.5 Tesla (T) MRI scanner at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting, which takes place in Chicago this week. Built to serve the needs of radiology practices and groups, in addition to small- and medium-size hospitals, the MRI scanner’s standardized workflows help providers deliver consistent, user-independent quality.
The system’s capabilities with follow-up examinations are particularly relevant for radiology providers. With the MRI scanner’s day optimizing throughput (Dot) engines, healthcare facilities can automate and streamline workflow during brain, spine, and large joint exams. Covering nearly three-quarters of the average exam volume, Dot engines can help drive productivity while avoiding unnecessary repeat scans.
Further, the Magnetom Sempra includes applications that open up new possibilities for responding to these needs. Now, facilities can scan in the presence of MR-safe metallic implants with better visualization of the soft tissue surrounding the implant. Even patients with knee implants can receive high-quality imaging, which was often difficult in the past.
The system’s software platform includes Quiet Suite technology, which features optimized gradient switching that can reduce sound pressure by up to 97% in brain and musculoskeletal exams with comparable image quality. Plus, the scanner can achieve high image quality with short breath-hold times, which means patients with shortness of breath can now be scanned, too.
What’s more, the Magnetom Sempra can increase productivity while reducing operating costs. In fact, a complete brain scan—from patient positioning on the table to exam completion—is just 10 minutes with the Magnetom Sempra. This exam time may help practices and hospitals operate profitably despite increasing financial pressure due to reduced reimbursement rates. Also, the system’s embedded Siemens Healthineers Connect Plan lowers total cost of ownership by delivering remote service, and helps ensure higher uptime.
For more information about this system, visit Siemens Healthineers.