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Computed TomographyThe Siemens SOMATOM Force enables routinely performed exams at low kV settings (70-90 kV), even in adults. This is due to the system being equipped with powerful generators and X-ray tubes. The low kV settings allow for substantial reductions in contrast medium dose. Improvements have been made on the detector side as well with an increased number of detector rows and upgraded collimation.
The Force renders images with high spatial resolution and soft-tissue contrast. It contains two X-ray sources and two detectors, which can be used simultaneously. This in combination with a broader detector enables faster scans than before. High speed scanning is necessary for cardiac examinations as well as for restless patients. The two X-ray sources also provide the possibility for dual energy examinations with improved spectral separation.
The Siemens SOMATOM Definition Flash dedicated to the SCAPIS project also performs at low kV settings and has two x-ray sources and two detectors allowing the use of dual energy.
Magnetic Resonance ImagingThe Philips Ingenia 3.0T has a 70 cm bore. It is equipped with Xtend gradient system (up to 45mT/m - 200 T/m/s) and two parallel RF transmissions (Multitransmit 4D), which adapt the RF signals to each patient. Multitransmit facilitates an increased image uniformity, contrast, and consistency, as well as faster imaging. A full range of receiver coils is available with analog-to-digital converters inside the coils (dStream RF). This samples the MR signal directly in the coil on the patient, and sends it to the reconstructor via a fiber-optic cable.
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Our Philips Achieva 1.5T has a 60 cm bore and is equipped with Nova Dual gradients (up to 66 mT/m – 160 T/m/s), and the latest software release and upgraded to dStream resulting in up to 40 % higher SNR, and a dynamic range that exceeds 185dB.
The Siemens 3T Prisma with a 60 cm bore is our latest MRI-scanner. The gradients are outstanding with 80mT/m@200 T/m/s simultaneously, which nicely facilitate fMRI and DTI studies. The software is the latest release and the coil concept offers high coil density using parallel transmit technology called TimTX TrueShape for cardiac, abdominal and musculoskeletal examinations.
A full research agreement with Philips Medical Systems and Siemens Healthcare allows all possible clinical as well as technical research applications.
In addition, we have access to a GE Signa 1.5T HDxt and Discovery 750 3.0T MRI system.