San Diego, California, US, May 31, 2013 -- On May 22, 2013 at a La Jolla Diagnostic Imaging facility of the University of California, San Diego Health System (UCSD), Time Medical Systems (TM) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the commencement of the new cooperative MRI venture for both institutions. The PICA MRI system – TM’s flagship whole-body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system, includes new TM patented MR technologies and an open, patient-friendly design, and is the first installation in the Americas. TM’s proprietary technology, High Temperature Superconducting (HTS) RF Coils, showing improvements in SNR and Image Quality, were also presented at the event. UCSD – a recognized leader in many areas of MR R&D – will demonstrate optimal clinical utility with the PICA MRI and also co-develop additional MRI systems such as the upcoming dedicated Neonatal MRI system – Neona TM.
Professor William Bradley, Jr., Chairman of Department of Radiology at UCSD and a renowned researcher in Radiology, hosted the ceremony with a welcome speech that described the history of TM’s involvement with UCSD and future plans. Bradley added, “Time Medical’s PICA system, with its new technology, offers to be the best open MRI system available.”
Professor David Brenner, Dean of School of Medicine at UCSD, said, the cooperation with Time Medical is focused on achieving efficient diagnostic results and improved patient outcomes, and he looks forward to the extended cooperation with Time Medical to the Medical School’s new pediatric diagnostic center, with the development of TM’s neonatal MRI Scanner.
Paul Viviano, CEO of UCSD Health System, expressed with pleasure the eventual availability of an “Open” MRI system in the facility, which not only offers more options for patients with special needs, but also provides access and development of new MR techniques including interventional procedures.
Professor Dai Jian-ping, Vice Chairman of the Chinese Medical Association (CMA), praised the successful cooperation between TM and UCSD. Dai described that following the initial adaptation period, the PICA system can well be expended to play a significant role in the field of clinical radiology in the US and well beyond its borders.
Pro Ma Qi-yuan, President and CEO of Time Medical Systems, concluded the remarks with sincere gratitude to the honorable guests, and thanked all the parties from School of Medicine and Health System of UCSD for their help and support throughout the overall project planning. “With the cooperation of UCSD and UCSD Health System, Time Medical is committed to bringing our state-of-the-art and innovative products to the US and Latin America for all to see.”