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GE’s Optima MR430s Compact MRI Machine Targets Just Limbs

GE Optima MR430s MRI Machine (Image courtesy GE)
By Andrew Liszewski

While it can be an essential tool for diagnosing what’s wrong with a patient, MRI machines are large, noisy, expensive and can be extremely uncomfortable to be inside. Many people find them cramped and claustrophobic, which can be particularly difficult since you have to lie perfectly still for long periods of time to get a clean image. So GE has created a considerably smaller MRI machine that’s specifically designed to be used for imaging a patient’s limb.

Besides requiring smaller rooms and being considerably more affordable for a hospital, the new Optima MR430s is also far more comfortable for the patient. They sit or recline in an adjustable padded chair and insert their arm or leg into the machine. And since they’re more comfortable while the MRI is doing its thing, they’re less prone to moving about which results in clearer images and results. What sets GE’s new compact MRI machine apart from other compact solutions is that it still uses a powerful 1.5T (Teslas) magnet which means there are no compromises when it comes to image quality. And while the MR430s is limited in that it can only handle limbs, it does free up a hospital’s full-body machine when only a limited part of a patient’s body needs to be imaged.

[ GE Optima MR430s MRI Machine ] VIA [ GreenBiz ]







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  • Anonymous

    I wonder what the dimensions of the hole are. If it’s the same size as straight leg jeans it’s useless for anyone with muscular (or fat) legs. I suppose it’s true for arms as well, but those are usually smaller than legs unless you’re a chicken-legged body builder.

  • Lindsey Cooper

    True, but the same size restrictions still apply for the usual MRI. Increasingly obese people can’t fit into the scanner or their weight is over the safe limit for the table.

  • Anonymous

    It goes to show that if you’re obese you not only don’t fit your pants, but a lot of other things as well. Stay healthy!