Philips’ MRI lowers costs, improves productivity
October 3, 2018
MARKHAM, Ont. – Royal Philips , a global leader in healthcare technology, has received Health Canada approval for the Ingenia Ambition X 1.5T MR. This innovation is the latest advance in the Ingenia MRI portfolio, which comprises fully digital MRI systems, healthcare informatics and a range of maintenance and life cycle services for integrated solutions that empower a fast, smart, and simple path to enabling a confident diagnosis, the company said.
In radiology, the perception is often that MR represents a trade-off between productivity and image quality. The Ingenia Ambition X provides leading-edge MR imaging capabilities while helping to increase overall productivity, combining its revolutionary BlueSeal magnet with innovations that are designed to enable single operator workflow and accelerate exam times by up to 50%.
“MRI provides exceptional diagnostic and therapy guidance capabilities, but it also places substantial operational demands on the hospital or imaging center due to requirements for installation, footprint and service,” said Arjen Radder, global business leader for MR at Philips.
“BlueSeal is breakthrough MRI technology and we’re proud to be first to market. The fully-sealed magnet dramatically reduces the amount of liquid helium needed to cool the magnet to less than half a percent of its predecessor. This results in significant operational benefits for our customers, including a smaller, lighter and more flexible installation footprint and an efficient return to normal operations if an interruption in service should ever occur.”
Incorporating Philips’ breakthrough BlueSeal fully sealed magnet, the Ingenia Ambition X is the company’s first MR system to enable helium-free operations, reducing the chance of potentially lengthy and costly disruptions, and virtually eliminating dependency on a commodity with an unpredictable supply. The fully sealed system does not require a vent pipe and is around 900kg lighter than its predecessor, significantly reducing the siting challenges presented by conventional magnets and lowering construction costs.
“We are excited to be able to offer Canadian healthcare professionals this new cutting-edge MRI technology to help them excel clinically every day and ultimately improve patient care,” said Jeff Barnes, president & CEO, Philips Canada. “At Philips, we strive to introduce the most innovative health technology solutions to the Canadian healthcare system. The new Ingenia Ambition X 1.5T, with its revolutionary fully sealed BlueSeal magnet, is a perfect example of how innovation can help enhance clinical confidence, boost clinical capabilities and improve the overall patient experience, while allowing healthcare professionals to transition to helium-free MR operations.”
Wealth of innovations delivers a step-change in MR productivity
The Ingenia Ambition X includes a range of innovative features that combine to deliver a step-change in productivity. With Philips’ EasySwitch solution, the BlueSeal’s magnetic field can be easily turned off if an item becomes stuck in the bore.
Once the problem is resolved, an inhouse or Philips technician can initiate an automated ramp-up to bring the magnet back to field, minimizing operational downtime. The Ingenia Ambition X combines guided patient setup and Adaptive Intelligence-driven SmartExam analytics for automatic planning, scanning and processing.
Philips Compressed SENSE is an advanced acceleration application that can accelerate exam times by up to 50%, the company said. In addition, Philips VitalEye is a unique approach to detecting patient physiology and breathing movement, using technology and algorithms to intelligently extract signs of breathing. When used in combination with VitalScreen, it allows routine exam set-up time to occur in less than a minute, even for less experienced operators. Together, these innovations help to standardize and speed up workflow, allowing clinicians to focus on the patient.
Breaking down diagnostic boundaries by delivering speed, comfort and confidence
The Ingenia Ambition X is part of the all-new Ingenia digital MR portfolio. Find out more about how Philips’ MR innovations are improving speed, comfort and confidence at https://www.philips.co.uk/healthcare/resources/landing/the-next-mr-wave/
For more information on how Philips is helping to break down silos and provide solutions that improve the patient and staff experience, drive better productivity and efficiency, enable increased diagnostic confidence and better practice management, visit https://www.usa.philips.com/healthcare/medical-specialties/radiology.