The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Hitachi Medical Systems' Echelon Oval 1.5T Ultra-Wide MR system.

Echelon Oval 1.5T Ultra-Wide MR system addresses patient accessibility, clinical capability and optimized workflow as well as benefit claustrophobic and anxious patients with increased space and visibility.

Echelon Oval’s various imaging techniques including non-contrast MRA, isotropic image acquisition and fat suppression improves diagnostic confidence.

The Ultra-Wide MR system utilizes the company’s Workflow Integrated Technology (WIT) suite which features an integrated coil system and wide mobile table designed to optimize the entire imaging process.

Hitachi Medical Systems MR and CT vice president and general manager Sheldon Schaffer said, "With the evolving changes in health care delivery putting ever more emphasis on patient comfort and satisfaction, Echelon Oval re-shapes expectations for MR imaging."