Faster MRI scans can improve patient and staff experience, health outcomes at a reduced cost.
Fremont, CA: Long gone are the days when the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has not only created bottlenecks in the radiology workflow but also is the source of patient anxiety and discomfort. Recently, the imaging field has witnessed a substantial shift in MRI productivity with the role of modern technology, reducing exam times, technical difficulties, and rescans. Radiology departments can maximize productivity and streamline processes across the imaging value chain with less time spent on conducting exams. Recently, a breakthrough acceleration technique has shortened MRI sequences and full MRI exams by up to 50 percent without compromising imaging quality. It has implications for radiology workflow while giving flexibility to departments to advance patient care using this time in many ways.
To mention a faster MRI, Philips Compressed SENSE, has highly reduced the length of its scan time from one hour to half of the time. A number of hospitals with a high volume of patients are using fast MRI to add extra patient slots to their daily scanning schedule. It also allows a department with a busy caseload to accommodate emergency patients who are referred on the same day, without affecting the plan. It helps hospitals to improve workflow, reduce waiting lists, and offer a faster MRI service to referring physicians and their patients.
On the other hand, Patients are underlying the efforts to reduce scan times. Because the MRI scans can cause patients to move during the exam, it interferes with the image quality. Patients feel anxious and nervous about spending time in an enclosed space amidst the sounds of the magnet. Thus, by shortening the time spent in the magnet, there is little chance for the patient movement, which in turn, minimizes the need for rescans, eliminating the need for the extra cost. In other words, the more comfortable is the scanning procedure; there will be less chance for rescanning. Faster MRI also improves staff productivity. Reducing scan times can help relieve the stress of a tight work schedule for the staff in the radiology department, helping them get home on time.