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February 28, 2023

Hyperfine’s portable MRI gets image boost after FDA approval

PHOTO | CONTRIBUTED Hyperfine's Swoop.

Guilford-based Hyperfine announced Tuesday it had secured FDA approval of a software update for its portable MRI device that will boost its image quality and accuracy.

With the new software, the company’s Swoop portable MRI system shows improved performance in diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI), which results in better quality MRI images, according to Hyperfine. 

The new software will be available to customers starting next month.

Hyperfine reported a 42% increase in the signal-to-noise ratio for the DWI sequence with the update compared to the previous version. The new software also compensates better for subtle patient motion, according to a company statement, along with providing enhanced image uniformity.

Improved DWI can help in quickly diagnosing a wide range of neurological conditions, including stroke, according to Hyperfine. DWI imaging is used to monitor stroke progression and evaluate the effectiveness of treatment.

Dr. Edmond Knopp, senior medical director of Hyperfine, said, “With this latest software, Swoop system images provide increasingly valuable diagnostic images that can aid clinicians in caring for neurocritical patients.”

Hyperfine announced a software update to Swoop in July that cut the time needed for brain imaging to three minutes.

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