Sectra sells synthetic magnetic resonance application to Switzerland

The software will enhance quality in conjunction with virtual autopsies.

Sectra has secured the order for the software SyMRI Suite from the Institute of Forensic Medicine at the University of Bern. Sectra claimed that the University of Bern is the first of handful of pilot customers that have chosen to purchase the software, which is used together with Sectra PACS workstations, thereby providing radiologists with a more efficient workflow.

The SyMRI Suite was rolled out at the beginning of 2010. The software for synthetic magnetic resonance (MR) helps hospital personnel to drastically reduce the time required per patient for MR examinations, thus increasing the availability of the MR equipment. In addition, tissue can be quantified, identified and its volume determined. SyMRI Suite is developed by Sectra's partner Synthetic MR.

Reportedly, MR examinations have increased steadily since the 1980s. MR technology is effective in cases involving tumors, aneurysms, examining the condition of organs as the heart, liver, kidneys and brain and in different soft tissue.

Michael Thali, professor and head of the Institute of Forensic Medicine at the University of Bern, said: "SyMRI Suite provides us with increased safety and higher efficiency in our work." Per Elmhester, product manager of clinical solutions at Sectra, said: "We focus on offering our customers powerful clinical applications and foresee major potential for SyMRI Suite."

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