RM Optima

A new system that scans the patient's structure in half  the common procedure time.

Policlinico di Monza was the first hospital in Italy and the fourth in the world to have Optima RM. This equipment provides excellent HD images thanks to its 32-channel image acquisition system.
This system, also known as Flex, uses  flexible coils (hence its name) to carry out whole-body, anatomy-optimised scans. This new system is particularly well-suited for claustrophobic patients.

The new 1.5T system offers improved patient comfort compared to the so-called open MR as the device has a 70 cm wide, 140 cm long bore which combines excellent imaging abilities with  increased patient comfort. Thanks to this new wider bore, the patient indeed receives a better, more comfortable scanning procedure.

In addition to this, procedure times are significantly reduced; a cervical and lumbar spine MR now takes 20 minutes instead of 40, which is the average procedure time with standard equipment. Thanks to the innovative, even futuristic,  Propeller software, it is now possible to perform brain scans in 6 minutes. This state-of-the art system can detect and correct rotation and translation in the same plane, thus preventing motion-altered images, that often occur in brain MRI because of involuntary patient motion and tremor (e.g. patients suffering from Alzheimer).

This equipment generates outstanding MRI performance in oncology and  cardiology. Cardiac scans examine the heart while beating and enable the doctor to determine the cardiac contractility and therefore how well the heart functions while beating.
The reason why this procedure proves to be essential in terms of diagnosis both for the heart and for other parts of the body is that it also allows to detect necrosis (dead cells).

This method is fundamental to assess cardiovascular damage occurring after a heart attack or a brain ischemia,  to investigate the effects of malignant diseases on the organs and to characterise tumors (benign or malignant) at an early stage without, however, replacing biopsy in the clinical procedure.
This exam is basically a virtual, non-invasive biopsy, the result of which needs to be assessed through further anatomo-pathological and immunohistochemical investigation.

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