Automated MR Scanner Workflow of combined Chest, Abdomen and Pelvis Exams: First Clinical Experience
Caecilia S Reiner1,2, Bernd Kuehn3, Daniel Nanz2, Berthold Kiefer3, and Gustav Andreisek1,2
1Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Hospital Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, 2University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, 3Oncology Application Predevelopment, Siemens Healthcare, Erlangen, Germany
An increasing demand for time-efficient and standardized MRI drives the
development of automated MRI-workflows. The purpose of this study was to
evaluate the feasibility of such a novel automated scanner-workflow for
multi-station MRI. The scanner automatically detects the body regions selected
and sequences are automatically adjusted to patient’s size and breath-holding
capacity to generate optimal image quality. In 20 patients scanned with a
multi-station protocol (chest, abdomen, and/or pelvis), image quality was good
to excellent and complete body region coverage was achieved in 95% of patients.
This nearly “single-button” automated multi-station MRI could open new
possibilities in the diagnostic process.
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