MARS MRI which is abbreviated for Metal Artifact Reduction Sequences are one of the recent trends in magnetic resonance imaging. MARS sequences can be created by us, even if your think your scanner is impossible to get MARS sequences to work. MARS are much easier to create on systems that are high field (1.5 Tesla) or even low to moderate field strength systems such as a 0.7T or a 0.35T, but on the ultra high field system (3.0Tesla) the MARS sequences...
The improved GE lumbar spine image is on the right. Which lumbar spine image would you rather have? Would you believe the image on the left had also passed ACR accreditation? It did! This is an example of an improved GE lumbar spine mri sequence that originally passed ACR accreditation, and then was improved immensely after MRI Optimize Consultants got to it. We couldn’t help but optimized the sequence, and the entire study. Ultimately, the...
MRI Shoulder aber view is designed to be in the sagittal plane, usually after the original shoulder MRI images have been completed. A typical MRI of the shoulder is performed with the patient supine (on their back) and their affected arm along their side. The patient is usually placed with their shoulder inside an MRI shoulder coil. The arm should be along their side, with the thumb pointed outward to extend the glenohumeral ligament. The MRI...
An optimized MRI shoulder can improve the diagnosis from the radiologist by making it much easier for them to find the problem. Shoulder MRI’s are sometimes difficult due to the patient’s breathing motion during the study, and sometimes the difficult position the patient has to hold still with the arm straight along their side, with the thumb up or extended...
This example shows where an MRI Cervical optimized, can you tell which one is from the 3T? When done by MRI Optimize Consultants, the MRI Cervical optimized on a 1.5T field strength mri system can look as good as if not better than images from a 3T MRI system. While the 3T system has twice the signal to noise, the 3T scanner requires four times more SAR (specific absorption rate) to acquire those images, which means the patient heats up faster with the...
MRI improved ACR image Both MRI image protocols passed the ACR (American College of Radiology) criteria, but the sequence on the right was optimized by MRI Optimize Consultants. Here is the case study: The sequence parameters originally done on the left had passed the ACR criteria when this site applied for and passed orthopedic MRI accreditation in 2008. The new improved MRI protocol was sent to the ACR in 2012, and this new protocol also passed...
MRI image quality makes or breaks a radiology business. We have seen this time and time again. Some centers try to use new equipment or higher field strength as a differentiator, but ultimately, it is the value quality of the images that make the diagnosis easier or harder for the reading radiologist. MRI image quality is created using around sixty to eighty different physics settings, depending upon the particular sequence used. MRI Optimize...
Are you embarassed by your MRI images?"Are other people laughing at your MRI image quality and not telling you?!"
Losing Patients to Competition:
The numbers are dropping and you’re not sure why?
The bad economy, DRG’s, lower reimbursement, employee turnover, fewer patients, low employee morale, inexperienced technologists who don’t fully understand MRI physics…you’ve got a tough job figuring out where the holes are. We can evaluate what is going on, and where your most efficient remedies are for the fastest return on getting us there to fix the problems.read more
Ongoing Quality Improvement:
We are launching a new service for continuous quality improvement for better MRI imaging, and total quality management for pieces of your risk management that are probably not getting attention at this current time. Your problems may be fixed through our remote MRI image quality evaluation service. This ongoing CQI may be just what you need to improve and keep your image quality competitive in your area. Do your images get graded at this point in time?read more
From both radiology managers and radiologists, we’ve been told the most serious issues challenging the opportunity for MRI maximum efficiency are the demands on the MRI technologist. We can relieve the demand on the MRI technologist by helping with our internal MRI image quality evaluation process. We also have a new external MRI evaluation process called Radiup. (Stay tuned for more.)
Beat Out Your Competition:
Images speak for themselves and represent your technical and reading quality reputation. Do you “believe” you’re the best in your area, or are you losing some beachfront to a new competitor? Gain back your market share, through an aggressive campaign that we help you build. We have been to literally hundreds and hundreds of radiology sites, and know when we are looking at quality images. Your staff may not have this level of competency due to their limited experiences with a limited number of locations, and limited types of MRI scanners.
MRI Tech Turnover
MRI technologist turnover often creates chaos when one of your staff left for what they believed were greener pastures. Your replacement staff often do not know the full spectrum of MRI images your radiologists have learned to expect. We can help coach your new staff for better image quality and get your problems fixed in a few weeks. We can help your new techs interact with the radiologists in ways to continue the improvement processes we help teach them.
Managing personnel is sometimes one of the most difficult issues for an MRI manager or radiology department director. We can help get your problems fixed through an internal or external evaluation of your staff’s skill-set and qualifications. Additionally, with our experience visiting literally hundreds upon hundreds of radiology and MRI sites, we understand the complexities of human relationships and interactions within small and large departments. We speak the hard truths.
We were one of the first in the industry to bring attention to the high number of mistakes happening in MRI departments. Article here. The reported accident rate has risen to be over 500% , and that is with an estimate of possibly less than ten percent (10%) of those accidents being reported. MRI safety is the first level of competency shared by the staff in any radiology practice, but ultimately, the radiologist is the one to end up in court. Let us help keep you out of court!
MRI Applications includes on site training with an experienced MRI instructor. We teach physics, scanning processes, and functionality, along with helping expedite your departmental volume through MRIO tips and tricks, but we do it with a focus on improving the overall business, and not just in improving MRI protocols. You don’t know, what you don’t know.
Happy Satisfied Patients
What every radiology business wants are happy satisfied patients, who are thrilled to have had their care done at your facility. How you convey this throughout the patient MRI cycle is important. We have some tools to help. Find out about our MRIO Speed Sheets!
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MRI scanner experts can help most manufacturer, models and field strength systems.
MRI Optimize Consultants has a great deal of experience working on multiple types of systems and create the best image quality for you no matter the system type.
MRI scanners come from various vendors in different makes and models. We are familiar with most of the major vendors and can help create improved and better images.
MRI scanner experts can optimize your image quality to look better than your competition, and when sites compare images from one site to another, they will realize your site does the best images after MRI Optimize Consultants gets finished.
Whether it’s a 3 Tesla system or a state of the art new Siemens, we can help create better image quality, improve your patient throughput, educate your technologists, and create a team environment that will build your business. It’s not always the machines the make the business successful, but instead the people who work the business.
The Siemens MRI Avanto is one of our favorite systems. We love to work on these scanners.
Below is a Philips Achieva 1.5T system.
Additionally, if you have OPEN MRI configured scanners, there are tricks that work specifically for Open systems. The Physics is completely different, and requires some special techniques and protocol setups when using high field open systems. The one shown below, is a Philips Panorama 1.0T Open MRI scanner.