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The last few years have seen significant advances in the field of MRI imaging. Let's take a look at some of the most important upgrades:

MRI-Conditional Implant Scans

Medical implant technology has grown increasingly sophisticated, but implants traditionally complicated the MRI scanning procedure. Nowadays, however, spinal implants, pacemakers and other devices are becoming MRI-conditional, which means they do not interfere with the scanning process within certain parameters. In the past, the scanner needed to be manually adjusted to budget for the presence of the implant. But Philips recently unveiled an MRI automated user interface model which patients to be scanned faster and easier.

Silent Scanning

Noises during spinal imaging can be a real headache. With the new SilentScan package included in GE Healthcare's Signa Pioneer 3T system, the noise created during spinal imaging and other types of MRI processes can be greatly reduced.

The Ingenia 1.5T System

This system includes an Ambient Experience technology package that offers a soothing experience for the patient complete with imagery, sound and light specially designed to help patients relax. Ingenia also offers ScanWise implant technology, which greatly simplifies the process of scanning patients with spine implants and other types of implants.

Signa MRI

The Signa Pioneer carries a piece of technology known as Total Digital Imaging (TDI), designed to greatly improve the quality of the image yielded by the MRI. Spinal images offer superior homogeneity as well as uniformity, while Zero TE imaging allows for the imaging of tissues that can be difficult to see with regular MRI. The machine is designed to be cheaper than its competitors and uses up to 34% less energy as well.

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