Cheetah Sightings in Magnetic Resonance Imaging Centers May Become a Regular Occurrence

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A new breed of coil lets physicians take full advantage of ultra high-field MRI scanners.

MR Instruments, Inc., makers of TEM® (Transverse Electro Magnetic) coils for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), announces its new brand of 3 Tesla (3T) coils for clinical MRI—Cheetah Coils™. Using its proprietary ICE™ (Inductively Coupled Elements) technology, based on exclusive TEM patents, Cheetah Coils unleash the full potential of ultra high-strength MRI scanners. These new coils enable physicians to perform more demanding MR applications, while increasing their center’s productivity.

Charles Minter, MR Instruments’ CEO, explains the rationale behind the unusual coil name: "The recent introduction of Siemens Medical Solutions’ Tim (Total imaging matrix) technology has caused some confusion in the clinical marketplace with our TEM coils. In anticipation of the inevitable struggle to distinguish the two names, we have chosen this point in time—our entry to the clinical market—to introduce our coils with a more distinct identity."

MR Instruments’ exclusive technology enables faster and more accurate diagnosis, and unlocks the potential of MRI for an increasing number of clinical applications. Similar to the cheetah itself, MR Instruments’ new Cheetah Coils are:

  •      Fast—use of multiple elements around the coil delivers greater coverage in less time.
  •     Agile—coils can perform more types of applications and accommodate a wider range of patients.
  •     Efficient—patented technology uses RF energy more efficiently than conventional coil technology.

MR Instruments offers a full complement of volume coils for 3T MRI scanners, the most prominent ultra high-field system in the clinical environment today. Cheetah 3T Coils are local transmit and receive coils available in head and extremity models; they range in price from $30K-$60K. For a free evaluation, call 866-672-6457, go to, or visit MR Instruments at RSNA, booth # 4971.

About MR Instruments, Inc. (MRII):

MR Instruments designs and builds TEM technology-based coils under the brand name Cheetah Coils. Cheetah Coils are a new breed of RF coils for the most demanding 3T MRI applications. MRII, under its license agreements, has exclusive rights to the technology of Cheetah Coils. These patent rights cover all existing and future applications of TEM principles as they relate to MRI, MRS and fMRI. For more information, please visit:


Charles Minter, CEO, (612) 251-4123

Karen Hill, Corporate Communications, (612) 656-2600

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