A couple days ago we wrote about Berlin’s Charité University performing the first live birth imaged by MRI. Today Philips announced that a modified version of their Panorama high field Open MRI was the device used for the procedure.
This operation was the culmination of two years of research and development work by the "open high-field MRI" task force specialising in radiology. "We had to develop a new type of foetal surveillance monitor whose measuring technology is not adversely affected by the extremely strong magnetic field of the MRI scanner," says project manager Felix Güttler in explaining one of the challenges the team faced. The Philips Avalon CTS cordless monitoring system, which was used with the appropriate modifications, provided doctors and midwives with vital information throughout the birth about the child’s heart tones and movements, the strength of contractions, as well as the mother’s blood pressure.