Canon Medical Systems USA has begun shipping Vantage Galan 3T XGO, an upgraded version of its 3-tesla Vantage Galan MRI platform with Saturn X gradients for improved brain and cardiac MR capabilities.
First shown at RSNA 2017, the XGO edition can provide up to 30% improved signal-to-noise ratio for brain diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI). The system enables sequences for quantitative analysis and allows cardiac exams to be completed with fewer breath-holds and improved patient comfort, the firm said.
These and other features, including the ability to stack protocol sequences, allow healthcare providers to produce higher-resolution images for myriad neuro exams in less than five minutes, according to Canon. New software includes MultiBand Speeder technology, which enables multiple slices to be acquired at the same time, reducing DWI scan times.
Galan 3T XGO also has T1 mapping that uses modified Look-Locker inversion recovery (MOLLI) and allows providers to acquire a more quantitative characterization of myocardial tissue within a single breath-hold. The system's phase-sensitive inversion recovery (PSIR) cardiac sequence provides improved contrast in late-enhanced imaging and eliminates the need for inversion time (TI) calibration scans, also allowing cardiac exams to be completed with fewer breath-holds, Canon said.