ECHELON™ Smart Plus

High image quality and quiet performance combined with speed.

The content on this page is intended to healthcare professionals and equivalents.

Experience enhanced SPEED with our SynergyDrive

Our "SynergyDrive" offers enhanced speed during MRI examination without reducing image quality while maintaining quietness.

without SynergyDrive
ECHELON Smart Plus


IP-RAPID is high-speed imaging using iterative processing, reducing scan times by up to 60% while maintaining image quality comparable to conventional imaging methods that don't apply IP-RAPID.

Auto Exam

Positioning, imaging and post-processing are all completed in one step. The examination time is shortened by simplifying operations.


Patient-friendly Quiet Examination

Quiet examination with SoftSound

Various technologies exist to reduce MRI acoustic noise. However, reducing acoustic noise often compromise on image quality and may extend scan time, making it unsuitable for routine examination. Other approaches need dedicated hardware. Our SoftSound noise reduction technology reduces the acoustic noise by up to 96%*1maintaining image quality and scan time, and without any dedicated hardware.

IP-RAPID can be used along with SoftSound

The SoftSound can also be used with the "BSI" high-speed 3DT2* weighted images and "3D GEIR"/"3D RSSG" high-speed 3DT1 weighted images.

  • *1 Depending on imaging conditions


Ecological and Economical Running Cost

Minimizing unnecessary power consumption

Generally, superconductive MRI system is known with its high running cost. This cost is mainly due to the high power consumption of the cooling system necessary to maintain superconductivity. ECHELON Smart Plus is equipped with SmartECO, an energy saving function that can stop the cooling system for a certain length of time during periods of non-use. This function effectively reduces the power consumption while maintaining zero boiling off of the helium. Moreover, as the heat emission from the cooling system decreases during these periods, the power consumption of its heat-dissipating unit is also reduced.

Our SmartECO effectively reduces power consumption

A compact scan room with an MRI unit with less heat discharge also reduces the air conditioning requirements of the examination and equipment rooms. The energy saving function together with the reduction of heat discharge can reduce running costs by 17%*2

without SmartECO

with SmartECO

  • *2 Depending on operating conditions and other factors.


Small Footprint Flexible Layout

Flexible layout even in limited space

It is often a matter of concern whether there is sufficient space in the equipment room for a superconductive MRI system installation.
ECHELON Smart Plus can remove such obstacles during installation.

ECHELON Smart Plus saves 41%*3 of the installation space in the equipment room, compared to the ECHELON Smart unit.

  • *3 Comparison between ECHELON Smart and ECHELON Smart Plus.


Example of installation

Example of equipment room layout
An equipment room can be built using an open area


Our hardware technologies for enhancing image quality

Workflow Coil System

Receiver coils support ease of patient setting and offer superb image quality

The number of receiver coils that must be set prior to the examination is minimized to reduce replacement time and effort. With a system designed for ease of use and with the adoption of special receiver coils for individual regions, significant reduction in examination time is attained whilst maintaining high image quality.

Workflow Coil System

for head & neck

for spine

for abdomen

for joints

Workflow coil system  Setting examples

[Spine examination]
- Head and neck coil (posterior side) + WIT spine coil

[Head and neck examination]
[Spine examination]
- Head and neck coil

[Abdomen examination]
-Head and neck coil [posterior side] + WIT spine coil + Flex body upper coil

[Extremity examination]
-Head and neck coil [posterior side] + WIT spine coil + GP flex coil

High Performance RF System

Powerful RF output contributes to stable RF transmission

ECHELON Smart Plus is equipped with an RF power output of 18 kW. This is sufficient to provide clear images without deterioration of image quality even in the FSE sequence that applies refocus pulses continuously.

16ch Receiver System

Increasing receiver coil channels improves sensitivity and stability

Major hardware specifications

ECHELON Smart Plus is equipped with high performance hardware system which is essential for creating high quality images.

High Performance Hardware
Gradient System

Maximum Gradient Strength 33mT/m         Maximum Slew Rate 130T/m/s

RF System

Maximum RF Output 18kW

High Order Shimming System