First Discovery MR750w Installs Span the Globe
GE Healthcare MR Systems
at Summer Olympic Games
The wide bore MR series from GE Healthcare (the w Series)
is making a powerful impact worldwide. This series includes
the Discovery* MR750w 3.0T, winner of the IDEA award for
outstanding design in 2011, and the Optima* MR450w 1.5T
with the Geometry Embracing Method (GEM) Suite of coils.
In England, patients and clinicians at Norfolk and Norwich
University Hospital are celebrating their first Discovery MR750w
system—the first of its kind to be installed in the UK. Bay
Ridge Medical Imaging, PC in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, NY
was the first to offer the Discovery MR750w in the US, and
Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is now home to the 3.0T
wide bore scanner—the first in Texas.
In addition to installs, GE Healthcare showcased the w Series
at Arab Health, the region’s premier healthcare exhibition
held in Dubai, and at the 2011 Radiological Society of North
America (RSNA) Annual Meeting as an integral part of the
company’s “Humanizing Radiology” theme.
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At the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, MR imaging
will be provided in part by GE Healthcare. During the Games,
physicians will be using a Discovery MR750w 3.0T and an
Optima MR450w 1.5T with the GEM Suite of coils to help
evaluate the extent of athlete injuries and make informed
decisions about patient care.
GE’s new wide bore 1.5T and 3.0T scanners are an excellent
choice for the Games based on the idea that a relaxed patient
yields more accurate images. The scanners’ wide bores help
make the MR exam more comfortable and less intimidating—
particularly for those who have claustrophobia issues. The wide
bores also easily accommodate broad chests and shoulders.
In addition, both systems offer the option to enter feet first,
and feature a table surface with ergonomically designed
cushioning and lightweight coils that adapt to all sizes.
According to Bryan Mock, Product Manager for GE Healthcare,
the scanners boast high-performance and flexible coils for
capturing precise images of shoulders, knees, wrists, elbows,
and other body parts to identify injuries—whether muscular or
skeletal, “MR imaging has a proven track record when it comes
to the assessment of musculoskeletal injury by providing
excellent image contrast and resolution,” states Mock. “GE’s
Discovery MR750w 3.0T and Optima MR450w 1.5T will provide
the world’s athletes, and the physicians that care for them,
precise information to evaluate an injury and help determine
if an athlete can continue to compete.”
The MR systems are also ideal for neurological exams in
cases where an athlete may have sustained a head or spinal
injury during competition.