Author: Mag. Arne Johannsen | Photos: Georg Lembergh, Alexander Witsch
A large, bearded character, pediatric radiologist and amateur rock musician Professor Erich Sorantin from Graz stands up for equal rights of children in imaging – also in MRI. In terms of technology, he relies on precision equipment from Siemens Healthineers.
With an upgrade of your MR scanner to BioMatrix Technology, you can better master the challenges facing MRI today. Learn firsthand how easy the upgrade from the 3T MRI MAGNETOM Skyra to the MAGNETOM Vida Fit is.
Ineffective utilization affects patient wait-times, revenue, as well as referral and patient satisfaction. We are moving the needle in MRI productivity to increase patient volumes and overcome economic pressure.
Our new column “Point of View” picks up trends and developments in healthcare. In this first edition, Greg Freiherr comments on the advent of AI in the medical world – and how he learned to embrace it.
In recent years, the link between tumor therapies and cardiac disease has gained substantial attention. With improving survival rates of patients with various malignancies, potential detrimental effects on cardiac function and outcome including increased morbidity and mortality has become the center of such investigations.
Heinrich von Busch, PhD; Product Owner Artificial Intelligence for Oncology, Siemens Healthineers, Erlangen, Germany
The developments in computational hardware and algorithms, in particular the advent of methods suitable for training complex neural networks (Deep Learning), have opened up new possibilities for machine learning  and automation in many applications. MRI, postprocessing and interpretation, in fact radiology in general, are no exception.
MRF1 uses quantitative information to generate a more precise understanding of a patient’s condition. Based on reliable, absolute numbers, MRF data could increase objective comparisons in follow-up studies. Ultimately, aided by AI, quantitative measurements could lead to more personalized treatments.
Will McGuire; Linda Culver; Anwar R. Padhani
Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood, Middlesex, UK
Whole-body MRI is a hot topic – you may have had enquiries from colleagues asking you if or when you might be able to offer the service. You may not know where to start or what is involved. The purpose of this video tutorial is to introduce and guide you through the implementation for successful completion of a MET-RADS compliant WB-MRI protocol.
James C. Carr, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, USA
CMR will play an integral role in the evaluation of patients with cardiovascular disease. Compressed Sensing will shorten and simplify the CMR protocol increasing its utilization. AI strategies will improve workflow and will also help us extract previously invisible radiomic features that will better characterize cardiovascular disease.
Gaël Dournes, MD, PhD, Centre de Recherche Cardio-thoracique de Bordeaux, Université Bordeaux Segalen, Bordaux, France
Wadie Ben Hassen, Siemens Healthineers, Mérignac, France
Lung MRI is a powerful tool to assess and follow-up lung diseases without the use of ionizing radiation. Dr. Dournes summarizes recent advances in lung MRI and shows robust evaluation of both morphological and functional information from his clinical experience, focussing on the potential benefit of lung MRI for routine clinical use.
Courtesy: Elka Miller, M.D., FRCPC¹; Barry Smith, MRT (MR)², Medical Imaging Department, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), Ottawa, ON, Canada
Fast MRI sequences can avoid the need for sedation or anesthesia, and are thus particularly useful for young and uncooperative patients. Read more in this case series.
Philipp Grätzel von Grätz
Thanks to a state-of-the-art magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, Aarau Cantonal Hospital has been able to broaden its diagnostic spectrum, speed up the scanning process, improve working conditions, and make exams more comfortable and convenient for patients. The hospital’s radiologists are now fully equipped to meet the challenges of the future.
Stephanie Funk, MD, Edyta Blaszczyk, MD, Agnieszka Toepper, MD, Jeanette Schulz-Menger, MD, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin and Helios Clinics Berlin-Buch, Germany
A 42-year-old female with shortness of breath and atypical thoracical pain was referred to the MR unit for adenosine stress CMR to exclude significant coronary artery disease. The patient anatomy did not allow stress echocardiography and ionizing radiation was avoided due to her age.