Addressing patients’ top MR imaging anxieties, Tustin, Calif.-based Toshiba Medical has introduced its newest MR system, the Vantage Elan/Zen Edition 1.5T to deliver comfortable and efficient exams in healthcare facilities of all sizes. The Zen Edition prioritizes intelligent work­flow and patient comfort, providing clinical applications to help providers make accurate diagnoses.

The new system features tools to make exams fast and comfortable for patients, as well as enhance workflow for clinicians. For example, Pianissimo Zen prioritizes patient comfort, making scanning even more quiet by reducing sound during acquisition by 99%. Also, multi-echo T2 Mapping takes cardiac workfl­ow one step further. T2 maps with Toshiba Medical’s updated FFE2D mEcho sequence can be used in quantification and analysis of myocardial iron overload. T1 mapping that utilizes MOdified Look-Locker Inversion recovery sequence allows providers to acquire a more quantitative characterization of myocardial tissue within a single breath hold.

Furthermore, Phase Sensitive Inversion Recovery in the heart provides improved contrast in late-enhanced imaging and eliminates the need for inversion time calibration scan, allowing cardiac exams to be completed with fewer breath holds and greater patient comfort. Also, the scanner features automatic slice alignment for difficult procedures like cardiac, neuro and spine exams with EasyTech, developed to standardize workflow with automatic positioning while delivering consistent image quality.

“Toshiba Medical designed the Vantage Elan/Zen Edition as an economical, yet powerful solution for smaller healthcare providers so they can put patients at ease with comfortable, quiet, and safe MR exams,” says Dominic Smith, senior director of CT, PET/CT, and MR business units at Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. “In addition to the patient-friendly features, the system offers a complete suite of innovative clinical applications, advanced technology and an easy interface that improves workflow and productivity.”