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Siemens Healthineers facilitates access to MRI with cost-effective whole-body scanner

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Published on November 16, 2021
<i> Not for publication in the USA </i><ul><li><b>50 percent of the world's population has no access to MRI<br> </b></li><li><b>Magnetom Free.Star<sup>1</sup> aims at making MRI more accessible to people, that are currently not benefitting from it at all or only to a limited extent<br> </b></li><li><b>Excellent image quality through the combination of AI-based reconstruction algorithms and a new field strength of 0.55 Tesla on the unique High-V MRI platform<br> </b></li><li><b>Up to 30 percent lower costs<sup>2</sup> over the entire lifecycle of the system </b></li></ul> <p>Siemens Healthineers presents Magnetom Free.Star<sup>1</sup>, a cost-effective whole-body MRI scanner, designed to enable significantly better access to magnetic resonance imaging worldwide. Together with Magnetom Free.Max, Magnetom Free.Star is part of a new generation of scanners which achieve excellent image quality with digital technologies. The two MRIs are based on the “High-V MRI” platform and are the smallest and most lightweight whole-body scanners that Siemens Healthineers has ever built.</p> <p>MR imaging is used to diagnose soft tissue and plays a central role in the early diagnosis and treatment of the world's most common diseases such as cancer, neurological diseases, and orthopedic problems. In developing countries, but also in rural regions of many industrialized nations, MRI scanners are not widely available. Many patients are therefore excluded from this powerful diagnostic imaging technology and must accept long waiting times or travel long distances.</p> <p>“Right now, more than half of the world's population has no access to MRI examinations.<sup>3</sup> The limiting factors include installation and operating costs as well as the lack of qualified personnel, just to name a few. I truly believe that every person in every country worldwide should have access to MR imaging, if clinically necessary. With Magnetom Free.Star, we are launching a scanner that is cost-effective and, thanks to artificial intelligence, so easy to use that even less experienced personnel can utilize its full potential. Together with our customers, we will be helping more and more people to live longer and healthier lives,” says Arthur Kaindl, Head of Magnetic Resonance Imaging at Siemens Healthineers.</p> <p>“We are looking forward to using the new Magnetom Free.Star to bring MR imaging to previously underserved regions, such as rural areas in Africa,” says Udi Baruch, Managing Director Africa, at ElsMed. “With its cutting-edge technologies such as the easy-to-use user interface, the system can solve challenges that have – until now – excluded many people in Africa from accessing this important medical imaging modality. Additionally, the helium-independent magnet technology is an enormous advantage in areas where the system’s transport and installation are otherwise challenging.” ElsMed is a business partner of Siemens Healthineers with many successful joint projects on several continents. The company has been operating in Africa for many years and offers comprehensive healthcare solutions up to the construction and operation of entire hospitals.</p> <p><b>Simple and cost-effective installation and operation<br></b>Magnetom Free.Star, like Magnetom Free.Max, belongs to the new generation of scanners from Siemens Healthineers with a field strength of 0.55 Tesla. Magnetom Free.Star has a patient bore of 60 centimeters and uses the DryCool magnet technology, which requires less than one liter of liquid helium to cool the MRI. Previously, several hundred liters of this scarce raw material were required for cooling. Additionally, the installation of a safety related quench pipe was necessary, which allowed to discharge helium into the open air in case of an emergency. The large helium inventory as well as the construction measures are no longer necessary for the High-V MRI scanners. Because the compact systems can be rolled through normal hospital doors in many places, complex openings of the buildings can also be avoided during installation. The significantly reduced energy consumption adds a positive effect on operating costs as well. The costs over the entire life cycle of the system are up to 30 percent lower than with conventional scanners.</p> <p><b>Magnetom Free.Star and the High-V MRI platform</b><br> Magnetom Free.Star combines all the technological innovations of the new High-V MRI platform: The field strength of 0.55 Tesla offers high diagnostic value thanks to AI-based reconstruction algorithms such as Deep Resolve Sharp. It raises the image quality to a level that could previously only be achieved with significantly higher field strengths. In addition, this new field strength offers advantages for clinical fields such as implant and lung imaging. Digital innovations such as myExam Companion, which significantly simplifies the operation and adjustment of the scanner, are designed to make it more accessible to inexperienced operators.</p> <p><b>Remote diagnostic services as a supplement</b><br> Siemens Healthineers wants to support the operation of Magnetom Free.Star with the remote scanning service WeScan<sup>4</sup> and a remote reading and reporting service<sup>4</sup>. These optional remote services can support healthcare providers in remote operation of the MRI scanner and tele-diagnosis of clinical images. Siemens Healthineers wants to significantly lower barriers to entry for access to MR imaging with these solutions.</p>

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Siemens Healthineers AG (listed in Frankfurt, Germany: SHL) is shaping the future of healthcare. As a leading medical technology company headquartered in Erlangen, Germany, Siemens Healthineers enables healthcare providers worldwide through its regional companies to increase value by empowering them on their journey towards expanding precision medicine, transforming care delivery, improving the patient experience, and digitalizing healthcare. Siemens Healthineers is continuously developing its product and service portfolio, with AI-supported applications and digital offerings that play an increasingly important role in the next generation of medical technology. These new applications will enhance the company’s foundation in in-vitro diagnostics, image-guided therapy, in-vivo diagnostics and innovative cancer care. Siemens Healthineers also provides a range of services and solutions to enhance healthcare providers’ ability to provide high-quality, efficient care to patients. In fiscal 2021, which ended on September 30, 2021, Siemens Healthineers, which has approximately 66,000 employees worldwide, generated revenue of €18.0 billion and adjusted EBIT of €3.1 billion. Further information is available at