A view with some room: GE’s wider MR scanner
August 25, 2009
Former Green Bay Packers star LeRoy Butler is known for being fearless on the field, but when it comes to getting an MRI, the giant defensive safety feels just like many people half his size — claustrophobic. That’s why he’s helping to spread the word as a patient spokesperson for GE Healthcare’s new larger diameter scanner, which was officially launched today.
Who doesn’t like bigger doughnuts?
In traditional scanners, the “doughnut” in which the patient fits has a diameter of about 60 centimeters. The new GE system increases that space to 70 cm. That extra 10 cm is not only a huge space to a claustrophobic or obese patient, but it marks an extremely challenging technological hurdle — that of maintaining advanced image quality in a larger system.
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