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Marconi Medical Systems Magnetic Resonance division designs manufactures and installs MRI systems and associated equipment for the worldwide medical diagnostic imaging market In addition Marconi MR imports MRI systems from Nordstar located in Helsinki Finland and installs them in the United States Associated equipment includes surface coils and physician viewing stations Surface coils are specialized transducers which when used with an MRI machine produce high-quality images of specific portions of the anatomy MR designs manufactures and installs surface coils as well Marconi Medical Systems as a whole is a transnational corporation While retaining its strength in the United Stated MRs products have achieved global recognition Strengths in markets such as Europe and South America have opened doors to Asian countries such as Japan and China MR has a variety of customers but focuses primarily on hospitals and imaging centers MR customers expect high quality systems that are easy to use have low operating cost high throughput and can support new technology An MR system must provide superior image quality and offer a range of imaging techniques to support diagnosis Given the high cost of the equipment 900000 on average customers expect smoothly installed easy to operate reliable low maintenance equipment that provides a solid return on investment To make all this possible Marconi must pass the Food and Drug Administrations FDA stringent policies and procedures for the safe and effective use of a medical device Advantages of MRI Unlike x-ray based medical diagnostic techniques such as computed tomography magnetic resonance imaging MRI and spectroscopy are techniques that do not employ ionizing radiation As such it is considered to be less hazardous than other x-ray imaging techniques In addition since x-rays can only discriminate different tissues by electron density which does not vary greatly between soft tissues the injection of contrast media is often necessary In MRI however there are a number of tissue specific parameters which can affect magnetic resonance MR signals One of the
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