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Abstract #4160

Declutter the protocol tree: managing and comparing sequence parameters of multiple clinical systems using Python tools

Pim Pullens1,2, Pieter Devolder1, Tony Thienpont1, and Eric Achten1,2
1Radiology, University Hospital Gent, Gent, Belgium, 2Ghent Institute for functional and Metabolic Imaging, Ghent University, Gent, Belgium

Monitoring protocol and sequence changes is of key importance for efficiently running a clinical imaging department. Since an MRI protocol contains hundreds of parameters, it is almost impossible to manage protocols from the scanner console, especially in a clinical situation where console time for the MR physicist is very limited. We present a python-based platform that performs all these duties and show 4 potential use cases: 1) compare parameters from sequences that share the same name 2) same purpose, different name 3) differences in naming of Regions/Exams/Programs 4) real-life example of decluttering a pediatric neuro protocol.

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