FDA Approves New Superconducting MRI Technology

April 30, 2020
Kenny Walter

Kenny Walter is an editor with HCPLive. Prior to joining MJH Life Sciences in 2019, he worked as a digital reporter covering nanotechnology, life sciences, material science and more with R&D Magazine. He graduated with a degree in journalism from Temple University in 2008 and began his career as a local reporter for a chain of weekly newspapers based on the Jersey shore. When not working, he enjoys going to the beach and enjoying the shore in the summer and watching North Carolina Tar Heel basketball in the winter.

Evry will enable the imaging of COVID-19 patients in need of emergency care.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted 510(k) clearance for Evry, a point-of-care head MRI system designed to provide immediate access to diagnostic imaging for patients in need for emergency care.

The approval allows Synaptive Medical to move forward with the superconducting, head MRI technology that can be particularly useful for detecting potential complications from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), ischemic stroke, neurological damage or potential head trauma.

The device features a mid-field 0.5T superconducting magnet that is small enough to reduce the footprint currently allotted to MRI machines. Evry also includes predefined imaging protocols, automated series planning including volume section, a detachable stretcher to support bedside transfers and a multichannel head coil with patient-specific customized fitting intended to optimize image quality.

Because of its small size, Evry can be delivered without cranes and forgoes yearly cryogen refills, a cryogen pipe and reinforced flooring, providing significant cost-savings for healthcare systems.

“As medical professionals, our goal is to utilize every tool at our disposal that will improve outcomes for our patients in a variety of situations, Gustavo Pradilla, MD, Chief of Neurosurgery, Grady Memorial Hospital, said in a statement. “With the availability of Evry in the US, we will now be able to provide critical diagnostic information in settings beyond where traditional MRIs are offered, which can significantly expedite the speed at which we make actionable decisions that positively impact patient care.”

All of Synaptive’s products, including Evry, can be used independently or with outside systems.