Toshiba Adds New Clinical Capabilities to the High-Performance Ultra Open-MRI System; New Version 5.0 Software with Advanced Pulse Sequences Makes Ultra the Imaging Standard for Open MRI.TUSTIN, Calif. -- Demonstrating continued investment and optimization of open magnetic resonance imaging magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), noninvasive diagnostic technique that uses nuclear magnetic resonance to produce cross-sectional images of organs and other internal body structures. (MRI 1. (application) MRI - Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
2. MRI - Measurement Requirements and Interface. ), Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc. (TAMS) today announced Version 5.0 software. This software includes advanced MRI pulse sequences that offer additional clinical versatility with faster scan times for the Ultra open-MRI system.
"Toshiba's Ultra represents the industry's best open MRI with its unique gradient field technology. With the addition of new pulse sequences, the Ultra sets a new standard for clinical performance," said Anita Bowler, product manager, MR Business Unit, Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc. "With the new Version 5.0 software, our customer will not only continue to retain the value of the Ultra system but also expand their clinical capabilities with the latest MRI pulse sequences."
High-Performance System Design
Ultra is the most advanced and powerful whole body open-MRI system available with its unique MRI gradient field technology featuring an amplitude of 25 mT/m (milli-tesla per meter) and the industry's best slew rate of 100 T/m/s (tesla tesla (tĕs`lə), unit of magnetic flux density: see under weber. per meter per second). As a result, this slew rate allows the Ultra's gradient speed to be nearly five times faster than current open systems and 250 percent greater than its high-field (1.0-1.5T cylindrical) counterparts. With this performance level, the Ultra offers clinical capabilities that are comparable to those of more costly high-field systems.
Expanding Open-MRI Clinical Capabilities and Speed
The Ultra is designed to handle a full range of diagnostic procedures from routine neurology, body and musculoskeletal musculoskeletal /mus·cu·lo·skel·e·tal/ (-skel´e-t'l) pertaining to or comprising the skeleton and muscles.
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The addition of new Version 5.0 software expands the Ultra's clinical capabilities with the latest MRI pulse sequences, including: SuperFASE, Steady State Two Echoes (SS2E) for high-contrast imaging, which is similar to Steady State Free Precession (SSFP SSFP Steady-State Free-Precession
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For more information about the Ultra, TAMS and its wide range of medical imaging products, please visit www.medical.toshiba.com.
With headquarters in Tustin, Toshiba America Medical Systems markets, sells, distributes and services diagnostic imaging systems, and coordinates clinical diagnostic imaging research for all modalities in the United States. Toshiba Medical Systems Corp., an independent group company of Toshiba Corp., is a global leading provider of diagnostic medical imaging systems and comprehensive medical solutions, such as CT, X-ray, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, MRI and information systems. Toshiba Corp. is a leader in information and communications systems, electronic components, consumer products, and power systems. Toshiba has approximately 161,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of $53 billion.
Note to Editors: Ultra(TM) is a trademark of Toshiba Medical Systems Corp.