For customers in search of an Open MRI, the Philips Panorama 1.0T HFO (High Field Open) is likely to show up on the list of systems for your consideration. There are a few things that make the Philips Panorama a unique option, so we thought we'd highlight some of the pros and cons of this popular open MRI.
Pros of Choosing a Philips Panorama 1.0T
Compared with some of the competitive open MRI products from Hitachi and others, prices for Philips Panoramas in the pre-owned market are surprisingly attractive right now. While we all know that purchase price is certainly not the only driver in an MRI decision, the availability of Philips HFO units has costs at a level that just might move them up a notch or two on your short list.
The Philips HFO has a reputation for outstanding image quality. This is due largely to its 1.0T magnet strength and the comparatively larger signal to noise ratio it affords users versus many other open MRI models.
Not to be confused with the older, incredibly heavy Panorama .23T (29,000 lbs.) or .6T (89,000 lbs.), the Panorama 1.0T HFO is drastically lighter (15,000 lbs.) and makes installation logistics and rigging cheaper and less complicated.
If you're curious to see how the weight of the Panorama 1.0T compares to other open MRI models, check out this blog.
Cons of Choosing a Philips Panorama 1.0T
Unlike many of the open MRIs on the market, the Philips Panorama is a super-conducting magnet. While that adds image quality, it also means the MRI must be cooled with liquid helium, which adds helium expense and overall service expenses. Compared to other open MRIs on the market, a buyer can expect to spend 30% - 40% more to maintain service coverage on a Panorama HFO.
The image quality produced by the Philips Panorama 1.0T HFO requires incredibly tight specifications for room shielding. Even experienced shielding professionals take extra care when preparing a space for a Panorama. This can lead to increased installation costs.
For facilities hoping to offer open MRI services at a magnet strength that accommodates a broad range of studies, the Panorama 1.0T is a strong choice. Be aware, however, that the strength and clarity come with additional costs in the areas of installation and ongoing service.