Multi-purpose, flexible coils enhance image quality of existing MRI machines
With higher deductibles and more price-conscious healthcare consumers, as a result of the Affordable Care Act, improving the performance, comfort and speed of MRI scans can be an important strategy for imaging centers that must compete by offering the best patient care and experience.
However, investing in the latest MRI model from GE or Siemens is often not an option for hospitals or clinics that have purchased a machine within the past eight years. Although completely adequate for the majority of scans that are routinely performed each day, newer 3T models now deliver higher resolution and faster scanning for improved diagnosis. They also cost well over a million dollars.
Fortunately, the MRI machine is not the only factor that affects image quality and speed. In many cases, upgrading the coils required to perform a scan and increasing the number of channels can deliver comparable improvements in signal-to-noise ratio for better image resolution.
Furthermore, a new breed of multi-purpose coil that is not limited to a specific anatomical region is providing imaging centers with more flexibility, greater patient comfort, the ability to accommodate larger or smaller sized parts of the body, and a host of other benefits.