Hydraulic MRI helps out at Commonwealth Games

In front of the unit at the Commonwealth Games is Toshiba Medical Systems UK md Mark Hitchman with W H Bence Limited md James Brown.

Toshiba Medical Systems UK has unveiled its latest MRI system, a scanner that has previously only been available in Japan. With its introduction at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Toshiba says it becomes the first manufacturer in the UK to offer a hydraulic self-loading MR scanner.

The relocatable Vantage Elan 1.5T MRI can be up and running quickly and easily. At the Games it formed part of the on site medical facility, as Toshiba was the official medical systems provider for the event.

The unit was designed in partnership with Bristol based W H Bence Limited, a specialist vehicle manufacturer.

Toshiba Medical Systems UK md Mark Hitchman said: “One disadvantage of a relocatable previously was that it needed to be craned into different customer sites.  This often meant they were not ideal for short-term rentals due to the substantial costs of hiring a crane. We have come up with a unique design, together with W H Bence, to incorporate hydraulic lifting legs into each corner of the housing.”

See the full report on page 8 of the October 2014 issue of RAD Magazine.

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