New ‘AI-assisted’ MRI scanner aims to speed procedures and clinical flow

A new MRI system designed to move patients more efficiently through the diagnostic imaging journey, ‘from waiting room, to scan room, to home’, has been introduced into the UK healthcare marketplace.

The Vantage Fortian MRI scanner from Canon Medical Systems UK features ‘innovative workflow solutions, image enhancement, and accelerated scan technology’, which together – the company says – contribute to reducing the time required for procedures. The new scanner ‘builds on’ the medical technology specialist’s range of  ‘AI-assisted’ diagnostic imaging solutions. It incorporates machine learning and deep learning technology to enhance image quality by removing noise and restoring SNR, automating many scan procedures, and confirming set-up steps to save time and reducing errors.

Canon Medical Systems UK said: “Using Advanced intelligent Clear-IQ Engine (AiCE) technology, it delivers noise-free images, especially when the procedure needs high-resolution images, highly accelerated scan time, and even both at the same time. AiCE is applicable to all anatomies, and covers 96 per cent of all MR procedures for 2D and 3D acquisition.”

“Vantage Fortian was developed specifically with workflow and productivity in mind,” explained Thierry Munier, European director, Magnetic Resonance, at Canon Medical Systems Europe. “We have closely observed and listened to radiologists and technologists who face the challenges of ever-increasing patient loads, increasingly complex patient and healthcare system needs, and limited or reduced resources. Everyone recognises that MRI scans generally take longer and require a more complex workflow than other modalities – so our engineers have focused on finding solutions that can meet today’s new demands, and ensure that MRI facilities and their patients can move more and wait less.”


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