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Pharmacy Choice - Pharmaceutical News - FDA Okays First 7T Magnetic Resonance Imaging Device - October 22, 2017

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 10/13/17 - FDA Okays First 7T Magnetic Resonance Imaging Device

BERLIN (dpa-AFX) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared the first seven tesla (7T) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) device, more than doubling the static magnetic field strength available for use in the United States. The Magnetom Terra is the first 7T MRI system cleared for clinical use in the United States. The FDA granted clearance of Magnetom Terra system to Siemens Medical Solutions Inc.

MRI is a medical imaging procedure that creates images of the internal structures of the body. MRI scanners use strong magnetic fields and radio waves (radiofrequency energy) to generate images. The signal comes mainly from the protons in fat and water molecules in the body. When interpreted by a trained physician, images from an MRI scan provide information that may be useful in determining a diagnosis. MRI scanners come in different magnet field strengths measured in tesla or "T." Before today's clearance, clinical MRI systems were available in field strengths of 3T and below.

The Magnetom Terra is for patients who weigh more than 66 pounds, and is limited to examinations of the head, arms and legs (extremities).



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