MR Imager optimizes workflow and patient throughput.
December 16, 2005 -
Comprised of multi-processor CPU and scan/reconstruction engine, Echelon(TM) 1.5T employs high-homogeneity magnet with low cyrogen boil-off. Gradient system's peak strength and 150 T/m/sec slew rate let user select echo times, fields-of-view, matrices, and slice thickness. Along with ORIGIN(TM) MR Operating Software, system features parallel processing design with active shim, RAPID parallel imaging, scalable 8-channel RF system, and multiple coil ports.
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Hitachi America Ltd.
2000 Sierra Point Pkwy.
Brisbane, CA, 94005
Hitachi Introduces the Echelon(TM) 1.5T MR Imager at RSNA 2005
CHICAGO--Nov. 27, 2005--Hitachi Medical Systems America (HMSA) continues to lead in outpatient MR imaging support with the introduction of Echelon 1.5T. This richly featured, compact imager perfectly complements Hitachi's renowned Open MRI products. Hitachi now offers a complete solution for outpatient MR with advanced technology and capability at every level.
"Echelon represents a new value standard in 1.5T MR," says Shawn Etheridge, HMSA MR Marketing Manager, "There are no 'tiers' to climb in order to get the image quality and capabilities you demand." Echelon's standard features include higher-order active shim, RAPID parallel imaging, a scalable 8-channel RF system, multiple coil ports, an advanced reconstruction engine and more. Its high-performance magnet boasts high homogeneity and low cyrogen boil-off, while the gradient system's high peak strength and 150 T/m/sec slew rate allow the user to select short echo times, small fields-of-view, high matrices and thin slices.
Echelon's computer system, VERTEX(TM), is the integration of a multi-processor CPU and an advanced scan/reconstruction engine. The parallel processing design promotes maximum workflow and patient throughput. VERTEX's full power is easily accessible to the user through the ORIGIN(TM) MR Operating Software, whose short learning curve promotes fast adaptation to patient registration, scan set-up and image archiving tasks. VERTEX and ORIGIN maximize the benefits of Echelon's array of imaging tools.
"We see the Hitachi tradition of offering advanced MR systems with both cost-effective siting and operation continued in Echelon," adds Etheridge, "As the acknowledged leader in outpatient imaging, we can share an enormous range of experience to our customers, as well as a proven approach for effective siting, installation and start-up." Echelon customers can also count on HMSA's comprehensive service and applications support, plus training to ensure maximum uptime, image quality and productivity.
Hitachi Medical Systems America, Inc. markets premium and high performance magnetic resonance imaging systems of Hitachi Medical Corporation, Tokyo, Japan. These include the AIRIS(R) Elite advanced mid-field open MR system, the Altaire(R) high-field performance MR system and the AIRIS(R) II MR system. The company has 1,500 Open Magnetic Resonance Imaging systems installed throughout the United States and over 3,100 Open MRI systems installed worldwide. HMSA first established a leadership position in the medical industry with Open MRI systems and has expanded their modality offerings to include computed tomography, ultrasound, PET/CT, optical tomography, and 3D dental imaging.
Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE:HIT), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company, with approximately 347,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2004 (ended March 31, 2005) consolidated sales totaled 9,027.0 billion yen ($84.4 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors, including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, medical imaging equipment, consumer products, materials and financial services.
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