Two new magnetic resonance imaging scanners developed by GE Healthcare are expected to aid healthcare providers both in the U.S. and in emerging markets that are focused on acquiring less-costly and more-efficient systems.
The Optima MR360 Advance and Brivo MR355 Inspire, both of which are 1.5 Tesla MR scanners, received 510(K) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration in March. GE Healthcare, based in Waukesha, Wis., is one of the largest manufacturers of advanced imaging technology. Some healthcare facilities have acquired 3T MRI scanners, which are more high powered than 1.5T scanners.
The systems are priced around $1 million or less, making them two of the less expensive MR imaging systems within GE's MR suite, according to Jason Launders, a health devices senior project officer at the ECRI Institute, an independent health technology assessment organization based in Plymouth Meeting, Pa.