Musculoskeletal Imaging Diagnostic power of MR Imaging

MRI is often the preferred imaging modality in musculoskeletal conditions because of its superior soft-tissue contrast, allowing the visualization of tears and degeneration. Siemens Healthineers provides you several MRI technologies that help you achieve reliable results at exceptional speed even in the presence of challenges such as imaging around metal implants1. Achieve consistent and reproducible high-quality image results with dedicated MSK scan protocols and our guided and automated workflows for the spine and three large joints. Quantitative and automated evaluation of knee cartilage is now possible for an early detection of osteoarthritis.


Chondral quant image

The degenerative joint disease osteoarthritis is characterized by a breakdown of cartilage over time. This leads to pain, loss of mobility, and decreased quality of life in patients. It is a leading cause of disability globally, 22.9 % of adults 40+ suffering from osteoarthritis. Monitoring the state of knee cartilage for these patients is possible but is cumbersome and time intensive.
Chondral Quant2 takes the complexity out of knee cartilage evaluation and increases efficiency and reproducibility of examinations. Osteoarthritis progression and treatment success can easily be monitored with Chondral Quant2. By detecting osteoarthritis, therapy options can be adjusted, supporting patients to maintain excellent quality of life.

Your benefits at a glance:

  • Comprehensive and detailed reporting of cartilage findings with 21 sub regions.
  • Increase reading efficiency with automated and quantitative knee cartilage evaluation.
  • Automatic generation of 3D visualization for effective communication with patients.

MapIt provides the protocols and inline calculation of parametric maps of T1, T2, and T2* properties of the imaged tissue.

Your benefits at a glance:

  • Moving MSK MR imaging ahead by evaluation of macromolecular structures
  • It allows the early detection of osteoarthritic pathology
  • It enables follow-up of treatment in patients with osteoarthritis and after sports injury

Deep Resolve is our AI-powered image reconstruction technology that takes advantage of convolutional neural networks to accelerate MR scans, making them faster than ever before. Faster scans boost workflow efficiency while improving the patient experience. Deep Resolve's raw data-to-image reconstruction and very fast acquisition are game changers in MRI, helping generate actionable insights that can be diagnostically relevant.

Simultaneous Multi-Slice TSE

The turbo spin echo (TSE) sequence is the clinical mainstay of MSK imaging. High-resolution 2D scans typically add up to 15-20 minutes total exam time. Simultaneous Multi-Slice TSE helps cut scan times by up to 46%and increases slice coverage as well as resolution in routine MSK examination.
Simultaneous Multi-Slice excites several 2D slices at the same time and separates the information during reconstruction with an intelligent framework. Simultaneous Multi-Slice TSE can replace the conventional pulse sequence for almost all MSK regions.

Your benefits at a glance:

  • Reduce scan times by up to 46%3
  • Achieve higher spatial resolution and thinner slices
  • Improve patient throughput and schedule shorter exam slots per patient
Compressed Sensing SEMAC 1

SEMAC is especially helpful in the imaging of large metal implants1 (hip and knee arthroplasties) and helps enable critical diagnoses such as implant failure, loosening, and infection.With Compressed Sensing SEMAC, in particular, high quality imaging in the presence of MR Conditional metal implants can be performed with up to 55%3 shorter scan times. With Compressed Sensing, significant shorter acquistion times make SEMAC clinically viable.

Your benefits at a glance:

  • Imaging in the presence of MR Conditional metal implants1 becomes clinical routine through significantly shorter acquisition times
  • Robust image quality and fewer repeated scans, ensuring high patient throughput
  • Potential to diagnose clinical conditions such as prosthesis loosening, infections, inflammations, and implant failure
Large Joint Dot Engine

MR imaging of extremities is performed at 98% of MRI sites3 and constitutes 21%3 of total MRI procedures. Making these examinations easier, more reliable, and more consistent can help improve image quality while improving patient throughput for this core examination. The Large Joint Dot Engine simplifies the examination of all large joints (knee, shoulder, hip) and minimizes potential sources of planning errors with AutoAlign and AutoCoverage. Expand your diagnostic confidence with ready-to-use optimized protocols for artifact reduction or motion robust imaging with single-click changes to a scan strategy.
Automated positioning and alignment of the anatomy related sagittal, coronal and axial slices using anatomical landmarks.

Your benefits at a glance:

  • Consistent and efficient exam planning powered by Artificial Intelligence
  • At any time reproducible and high quality image results
  • Ready-to-use optimized protocols for artifact reduction or motion robust imaging

The myExam Spine Assist optimizes cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine imaging for a wide range of patients and conditions.

Your benefits at a glance:

  • Reduce workflow steps: automated vertebrae labeling, drop & snap positioning
  • Automatic detection of spine geometry
  • Reduction of metal artifacts with WARP1
  • Consistent positioning independent of spine curvature
Girl laying inside MR scanner and smiling

With Quiet Suite you can conduct complete, clinical examinations for Orthopedics with QuietX TSE, SE and GRE for T1, T2 and DarkFluid contrasts. Quiet suite addresseds thr root source - sharp gradient switches- to take noise reduction to the next level. It can reduces the need for sedation for certain groups of patients such as children and elderly people, leading to higher patient satisfaction. And at no expense of image quality. Nevertheless, we have continuously strived to develop technologies that will further lower noise without compromising imaging efficiency and quality. With Quiet Suite, we have addressed the root source - sharp gradient switches - to take noise reduction to a new level.

Your benefits at a glance:

  • Complete, quiet exams for orthopedics
  • No compromises in image quality
  • Significant reductions of acoustic noise

Clinical Use

Dr. Jan Fritz