Powering MRIs: 3 RF interconnect considerations to save time and money

An MRI machine [Image courtesy of Times Microwave Systems]

RF interconnects, including coaxial cables and connectors, are an integral part of MRI systems.

Early awareness of challenges such as transmission loss, ease of installation and infrastructure requirements can help with performance and cost optimization in the design of new MRI systems.

Kai Loh, Times Microwave Systems

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology has advanced rapidly in the last decade. Spurred by aging populations and increased cases of certain diseases, demand for more timely and accurate diagnostics has driven both adoption of MRI and advancements. In addition to the conventional setup typically found in most healthcare facilities, mobile and portable systems development has gained momentum to broaden access and reduce wait time for MRI diagnostics.

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Philips and Disney want to make MRIs easier for children: Here’s how

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Royal Philips (NYSE:PHG) announced today that it is teaming up with Disney to test the effects of custom-made animation to create a relaxing atmosphere for patients.

Amsterdam-based Philips will collaborate with The Walt Disney Company EMEA to see how the animation, including specially-made Disney stories within Philips’ Ambient Experience, creates a relaxing atmosphere to improve both the patient and clinical experience during pediatric MRI procedures, according to a news release.

Disney’s animation features characters like Mickey Mouse, Ariel (The Little Mermaid), Marvel’s Avengers, Yoda (Star Wars) and more. Patients will be allowed to select DIsney content featuring their favorite character to give a sense of familiarity, control and comfort.

The goal of the research pilot is to help alleviate childrens’ anxiety and allow the staff to create bonds…

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