Medical imaging and radiotherapy outfit United Imaging announced today that it received FDA clearance for its UMR Omega MRI scanner.
Shanghai-based United Imaging, which has a U.S. base in Houston, touts the UMR Omega as having the world’s first ultra-wide 75 cm bore to provide a patient-centric experience for accomodating wide range of patients, according to a news release.
UMR Omega also has a 680-lb table capacity and is designed to — for the first time, according to the company — create an MRI for bariatric patients.
The scanner can be used with pediatric and geriatric patients with faster scanning for patients who are unable to stay still for long periods of time. It also offers acute imaging in the emergency room, five-minute stroke protocol and cardiac imaging with a single breath-hold that reduces the number of required scans.
According to United Imaging, the U.S. is the first country in the world to welcome UMR Omega to its commercial market.
“With this new scanner, United Imaging addresses the needs of healthcare providers to comfortably accommodate more patients in their community, including much of the 40 percent of the U.S. population suffering from obesity and the 2.5 percent of the population suffering from claustrophobia,” United Imaging CEO Jeffrey Bundy said in the news release. “The UMR Omega represents a critical advance for patients who will now have access to an enhanced patient experience and a more accommodating MRI scanning environment.
“This FDA clearance is another huge milestone for our company, as we continually work to set standards in all modalities and make these state-of-the-art capabilities accessible to more communities in the United States and abroad. We are proud to add UMR Omega to our already expansive portfolio of medical imaging devices.”