This year marked the 101st anniversary of the Radiology Society of North America (RSNA), and Time Medical Systems was delighted to participate in this Chicago event for the seventh consecutive year.
Time Medical Systems continued its tradition to introduce new innovative MRI products at this RSNA show. We were delighted to launch a dedicated Breast MRI System specifically for AB-Breast MRI screening. Time Medical Systems will collaborate with highest level cancer centers in the world, to develop this latest and innovative dedicated MR system.
The purpose of developing a dedicated Breast MRI System was to target the diagnosing of early stage breast cancer cases in a short exam time (7-12 minutes) in order to satisfy the concept of abbreviated breast MRI screening. This new technology could eventually replace the current mammography scans with more accurate results. Currently, mammography as used today has difficulty with Dense Breasts (approximately 30% in West and 60% in Asia ) and high false-positive/negative diagnosis rate of approximately 40%. Moreover, MRI scans are a much safer choice compared with mammography scans that use ionizing X-ray exposure.
Dr. William Bradley, Past President of ISMRM and Chairman Emeritus of Radiology department of UCSD, acknowledged that a revolution of breast screening would be brought forward by this Abbreviated Breast MRI System technology and approach. The goal of Time Medical Systems is to develop this system to benefit more women who are potential victims of breast cancer. The system is designed for rapid scanning of breast patients which, in turn, keeps costs down. It is very important for breast cancer patient to receive early diagnosis and treatment, in order to lower the overall death rate for this common disease.
There was also considerable interest with another future product introduction? at the Time Medical exhibit - the 1.5T / 2T MICA MRI system. This new scanner was described as the first Whole Body Clinical MRI that would offer the benefits of HTS (High Temperature Superconducting RF Coils) which improves SNR (Signal to Noise Ratio) and thereby improves MRImage Quality in terms of higher image resolution and faster scan times. This product offering at 1.5T or 2T, depending on local country regulations, will offer the highest image quality per unit cost. This value proposition is well understood in the Diagnostic Imaging community and this product will continue to excite customers across the globe in the upcoming years.