Technology seems to evolve and change by the day, especially in medical imaging. The good news is, it always seems to benefit patients, radiologists and rad techs. One such advancement is Phased Array MRI Coils. Let’s take a close look at the advantages Phased Array MRI Coils bring to MRI scanning.
Phased array can also be referred to as simply array. It’s a type of MRI coil that delivers parallel imaging with multi-channel coils. Each coil has its own receiver. These multi-channel coils increase the number of receiver channels over traditional MRI coils. They are available in 4, 8, 16, 32, etc. channel systems.
You can use Array coils for a wide variety of different studies, including shoulder, head/neck, torso, wrist and more. Phased Array MRI Coils are available from most major manufacturers for open and closed MRI systems. They are readily available and can usually ship on the same day you order them.
The Many Benefits of Using A Phased Array MRI Coil
When performing sophisticated MRI scans with traditional technology, it can take a very long time. This can be hard on patients, as they have to hold their breath or stay perfectly still for long periods of time. By using multiple channels, the MRI can be performed much faster—4, 8 or even 16 times faster! That means a scan that would have taken more than an hour can be performed in 15 minutes or less. This radically improves the patient experience.
All MRI manufacturers strive for more signal and less noise. With multi-channel technology, you get increased signal and better scan quality. It’s true, you can also increase signal by using a 3T MRI system, but it’s far more economical to buy multi-channel coils to use with your 1.5T scanner than to use a 3T MRI system.
As all receiver channels image at once, larger portions of the anatomy can be covered in each pass, and in less time. This is ideal when doing vascular studies on legs and pine work.
Get More Out Of Your Magnet
Without a doubt, the medical imaging industry is keeping a close watch on this emerging technology. One thing is for certain: you can get more out of your magnet by upgrading your MRI coils without having to buy a whole new MRI system. And that makes good fiscal sense. In addition, we anticipate that Phased Array MRI Coils will replace a lot of CT Scans, since it offers short scan times without high radiation doses.
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