Go Beyond Conventional – Seminar at the Swedish Embassy, Tokyo

SyntheticMR had the pleasure of hosting a seminar at the Embassy of Sweden in Tokyo on 17 April 2016. We were very honored to be able to present Professor Shigeki Aoki from Juntendo University Hospital and Professor Taro Takahara from Tokai University Hospital who talked about clinical applications and possibilities with the SyMRI® and MAGiC(1) synthetic MRI software.

Among the guests were radiologists and technicians from hospitals and clinics from different parts of Japan, as well as representatives from SyntheticMR’s partners GE Healthcare and Philips. The seminar was jointly organized by the Embassy of Sweden Commercial Office (Business Sweden) and SyntheticMR AB.

During his presentation, Professor Aoki talked about MAGiC and SyMRI as clinically useful tools to detect brain metastases, referring to a recently published study from Juntendo University Hospital(2). Using synthetic MRI, various contrast weighted images were generated from a single scan. The study concludes that synthetic MRI is clinically useful to detect brain metastases, and that that synthetic T1IR imaging created better contrast compared with conventional T1IR imaging.

Professor Aoki also talked about the advantage of synthetic MRI for the visualization of early white matter change in infants with Sturge-Weber Syndrome. A second recently published study from Juntendo University Hospital(3) particularly points out the value of synthetic T2WI with longer TR and TE and DIR images as useful to visualize these early white matter changes.

Professor Takahara talked about future possibilities using the SyMRI software outside the brain, highlighting the value of the various synthetic contrasts including Phase Sensitive Inversion Recovery (PSIR) images and the quantitative T1, T2 and PD SyMaps™ for detecting bone metastases.

Newsletter SyMRI Seminar Swedish Embassy Tokyo 17 April 2016


  1. MAGiC is a customized version of SyMRI IMAGE marketed by SyntheticMR’s partner GE Healthcare under license agreement.
  2. Hagiwara, A. et al. 2016. Contrast-enhanced synthetic MRI for the detection of brain metastases. Acta Radiologica Open February 2016 5: 2058460115626757, doi:10.1177/2058460115626757
  3. Andica, C. et al. 2016. The Advantage of Synthetic MRI for the Visualization of Early White Matter Change in an Infant with Sturge-Weber Syndrome. Magn Reson Med Sci, 2016, doi:10.2463/mrms.ci.2015-0164
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