The imaging implant conundrum: scanning safely and efficiently

December 05, 2018
MRI
From the November 2018 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

Innovative scanner software, such as Philips ScanWise Implant MR, allows the operator to directly enter the implant manufacturer’s prescribed limitations for scanning parameters one time at the onset of scanning. Once set, the conditions propagate automatically and consistently to all scanning sequences. Regardless of the level of staff experience, automated guidance unique to each implant allows each technologist to scan the patient with confidence. This type of tool is simplifying workflow, but also enhances peace of mind for the supervising radiologist and referring doctors.
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The MR scanning experience is more time-consuming than that of other modalities such as CT, and the scanner’s restricted space can provoke patient anxiety in almost 30 percent of exams. The more a scan is prolonged due to a technologist’s need to confirm parameters, the longer patients are in the scanner and the more uncomfortable and stressed they can become. Immersive, and distracting enhancements to the scanning environment such as Ambient Experience can enhance patient comfort during the exam, and technologies such as Compressed SENSE can help shorten exam time significantly.

Concerns over scanning patients with implants can impact timely diagnoses and treatment. Patients with MR conditional implants may have easier access to safe MR over the next decade, as advanced technologies make these types of scans easier to perform and more comfortable. As more and more people with conditional implants present for MR scanning, imaging facilities need the appropriate skills and tools in place to scan with confidence and efficiency, converting adversity into practice opportunities.

Lawrence N. Tanenbaum
About the author: Dr. Tanenbaum is currently a VP and director of Advanced Imaging at Radnet Inc. since 2015, coming from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York where he attended in Neuroradiology and served as an associate professor of Radiology, director of MRI, CT and Outpatient / Advanced Imaging Development since 2008. Prior to that he spent over 20 years in the private practice of Radiology at the JFK Medical Center / New Jersey Neuroscience Institute as Director of MRI, CT and Neuroradiology.

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