Vertu Medical Everything you need to know about the Philips Achieva 1.5T MRI MachineMRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) has become an essential tool in clinical diagnosis creating anatomical images of the body’s organs through the use of superconducting magnetic fields, magnetic field gradients and radio waves.

The imaging power of an MRI machine is measured with a magnetic field strength unit termed a Tesla, and the strength of the machine determines whether it is classified as a high or low field MRI machine. In clinical applications the high field 1.5T MRI machine is the accepted standard.

One of the most popular MRI machines is the Philips Achieva 1.5T MRI Machine. So to help those that may be considering the purchase of a Philips Achieva 1.5T MRI Machine from Vertu Medical, here is an overview of all that you need to know about this machine to assist your purchasing decision.

The Philips Achieva 1.5T MRI Machine has been available since the early 2000’s and is widely recognised as being a reliable and solid piece of machinery for which replacement parts are easily accessible. Even today, many of the early Philips Achieva 1.5T MRI machines still exist in clinical settings.

The Philips Achieva 1.5T MRI Machine is a full body MRI machine with a framework that is scaleable in design meaning that with minimal software upgrades and hardware changes, it’s clinical capabilities can be increased. The Philips Achieva 1.5T is also easy to use due to its SmartExam functions that recognise the anatomy to automatically plan and scan the sequence of examinations, and for efficient post-processing of high quality image data. It is also one of the fastest machines available utilising SENSE technology for greater reduction in scan times, higher temporal resolution, and enhanced spatial resolution.

The Philips Achieva 1.5T uses 4D-TRAK, kt BLAST and other acceleration methods for fast scanning. Depending on the number of sequences, this MRI machine can undertake a full brain and scan in under an hour. It’s FreeWave TF software allows for high resolution imaging with matrices of up to 2K x 2K. In addition sub-millisecond repetition times (TR) and extremely short echo times (TE) enable improved image quality and also reduce examination times. This machine also incorporates MR WorkSpace and an optional MR WorkSpace Media and Distribution centre which enables the creation of labeled patient-specific DVDs and DVD back-ups.

The Philips Achieva 1.5T MRI Machine utilises the F2000 superconducting magnet which reduces magnetic field susceptibility caused by moving ferrous objects, and this is coupled with a 60cm bore. Technically the F2000 magnet is not a zero boil off magnet, but it is still extremely efficient and demonstrates typical boil off of approximately 1% per month with refills required about every 3 years.
Specifications for the Philips Achieva 1.5T MRI machine are:

  • Gantry (Max. clearance): 60 cm flaring out to 110 cm
  • System weight: 6400 lb
  • Patient weight capacity: 550 lb
  • Minimum room size: 3.6 m L x 5.4 m W x 3.0 m H
Vertu Medical Everything you need to know about the Philips Achieva 1.5T MRI Machine
Vertu Medical Everything you need to know about the Philips Achieva 1.5T MRI Machine

Whilst there are many makes and models of MRI machine available to the healthcare sector, the Philips Achieva 1.5T MRI machine is undoubtedly one of the most popular. Due to its popularity, the Philips Achieva 1.5T whether new or refurbished, represents a great choice for those looking for an MRI scanner that offers solid performance at a reasonable cost of entry.

Vertu Medical provides top quality refurbished MRI machines including the Philips Achieva 1.5T to the healthcare sector. If you would like to find out more then please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team of professionals by calling +44 (0)208 392 5161 or email: We look forward to hearing from you.