Tel Aviv, Israel -- Aspect Imaging developed Embrace® Neonatal MRI System specially to be placed inside the NICU, to reduce the time and risks involved with transporting infants to an external MRI facility. Embrace® Neonatal MRI System enables safer imaging of infants (weighing from 1 kg to 4.5 kg) and provides easier access for medical staff during the scanning process. The system can prep and scan in less than an hour. Intubated babies can also be scanned without disconnecting and reconnecting the tubing from the baby, due to the unique design of Embrace®.
Embrace® is acoustically quieter during scanning, compared to traditional whole-body scanners, and has a permanent magnet that is always active and thus requires no electrical, cryogenic or water cooling.
Embrace® Neonatal MRI System does not require a special safety zone or an RF-shielded room, therefore, the system can be placed inside the NICU. Since the system is fully enclosed, medical device implants in close proximity (outside the magnet bore), are not required to be ‘MR Conditional’ or ‘MR Safe’.
The operating and maintenance costs of the Embrace® Neonatal MRI System are much lower than conventional superconductor MRIs due to Aspect’s magnet technology, which requires no cooling system and has low power consumption. Additionally, the Embrace® Neonatal MRI system has an integrated, temperature-controlled incubator-like patient bed which minimizes movement of the baby.
“We’re delighted to be back at RSNA, where we will demonstrate our groundbreaking Embrace® Neonatal MRI System – a new approach to MRI in the NICU. Our vision is to help the most vulnerable population of all – premature babies – using our technology to assist neonatologists with their clinical diagnoses, and improve neonatal care wherever it will be used,” said Uri Rapoport, CEO and Founder of Aspect Imaging.