On 11 October 2023, the Military Clinical Hospital in Ełk officially became a new member of the international United Imaging family. The hospital has decided to expand its diagnostic capabilities by opening a state-of-the-art Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) laboratory, which will include the world’s first ultra wide-bore 3T MRI.
The comprehensive hospital has eleven highly specialised departments, including an operating theatre and emergency department. In addition to providing a wide range of healthcare services to the local population, the Military Clinical Hospital in Ełk has established a close relationship with the multinational Battalion Battle Group based in Poland. The hospital is actively involved in the treatment of a wide range of emergency cases and the care of soldiers.
The Military Clinical Hospital in Ełk is the first hospital in Poland and the third in Europe to have such a unique diagnostic tool.The addition of the uMR Omega to the hospital’s diagnostic arsenal will significantly improve the local population’s access to advanced imaging modalities, ensuring that all patients have the possibility to receive an accurate diagnosis and subsequently an appropriate treatment plan.
The uMR Omega™ has been specifically designed to meet all the requirements of modern healthcare facilities. This includes the highest quality imaging to support the diagnostic process, the ability to be used intra-operatively, and the ability to plan radiotherapy with unparalleled precision.
In order to provide patients with a more comfortable experience during an MRI scan, while ensuring the highest image quality and scanning speed, United Imaging has introduced a revolutionary design that reflects the latest advances in MRI technology. The unique combination of ACS (Artificial Intelligence Compressed Sensing) and DeepRecon technologies has made it possible to reduce the time required for an MR examination by up to 70%. The 75 cm ultra-wide bore design provides 25% more space for the patient, which together with the unique starlight environment not only increases overall comfort but also reduces the potential risk of panic attacks in claustrophobic patients. The extra space not only ensures that all patients, regardless of size, can undergo MRI, but also opens up new possibilities for patient positioning, expanding diagnostic possibilities for joint examinations, large patients and pregnant women. With meticulous attention to detail, United Imaging has developed the next generation of ultra-flexible soft RF coils to provide a blanket-like feel for patients. Last but not least, the dual-source millimetre wave radar is the industry's first phased-array millimetre-wave radar solution for non-contact detection of patient respiratory movement, eliminating the need for a respiratory belt. Fully integrated within the MRI bore and unobstructed by clothing, the dual-source millimetre-wave radar enables free-breathing non-contrast renal MRI or free-breathing liver MRI.
The diagnostic process has been significantly enhanced by the development of higher density coils, which enable hyper-resolution MR imaging of the musculoskeletal system or ultra-short echo time (UTE) MR imaging of pulmonary metastases from liver cancer.
Taking advantage of the unique benefits of artificial intelligence, United Imaging has introduced ACS (AI-assisted Compressed Sensing), which combines CS (Compressed Sense), HF (Half Fourier) and PI (Parallel Imaging) to provide the best balance between speed and image quality. In addition, the reconstruction process is actively supported by a state-of-the-art deep learning neural network.
In addition to reducing acoustic noise by approximately 97%, Qscan, combined with AI technologies such as ACS and DeepRecon, provides quiet whole-body scanning without increasing scan time. As a result, radiologists will be able to achieve higher acceleration levels for MRI imaging and improved representation of small anatomical structures, enabling them to perform fast breast MRI, fast full spine scans, high-resolution MSK or, in the case of brain MRI, significantly facilitate the diagnosis of acute cerebral infarction.
The collaboration between United Imaging and the Military Clinical Hospital in Elk reflects a shared commitment to ensuring that a wide range of patients, regardless of their background or medical condition, can benefit from the highest standards of diagnostic accuracy and safety in medical imaging.