Superhero MRINeurological Disorders, Meet Your Match
The third week of March has been designated Brain Awareness Week. This provides us the perfect opportunity to examine the technological advances that have been made in diagnostic imaging and the role they will play moving forward in the treatment and prevention of neurological disorders.
MRI technology, in particular, has come a long way from the 1980s when it entered the medical landscape to today reaching the pinnacle of diagnostic imaging. We are taking a look into the future of this superhero of medical imaging to learn how MRI advancements are expected to pack a WHAM-BAM-PUNCH in radiology and against neurological disorders.
While the use of functional MRI (fMRI) has been a staple in diagnostic imaging for years, advanced techniques such as diffusion MRI (dMRI), PET/MRI, and cerebral sodium MRI have significantly increased accuracy of diagnosis, treatment evaluation, and the detection of recurrence in patients.
“Advancements in MRI technology have had the biggest impact on the field of neurology,” said Stephen Holloway from Signify Research.[1
These technologies have greatly contributed to a better understanding of neurological disorders such as:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
In recent years, new software applications have provided major advancements in MRI analysis that benefit a radiologist’s ability to scan more in less time, extract more diagnostic information from imaging exams, and provide more accurate quantification. In addition, providers benefit from an increase in patient throughput without compromising the quality of diagnoses, as well as, increased financial and operational outcomes. Patients also feel the positive impact from improved MRI hardware and software in the form of shorter scan times, reduced anxiety, and time spent in the scanner. It’s a win-win scenario for all involved!
New imaging techniques enable analysis of the brain in more detail than ever before, opening the door to a greater awareness and understanding of neurological disorders. After three decades, MRI continues to be an imaging superhero changing the course of neurological understanding. Are you ready with the right technology – in the right place – at the right time, to best serve your patients?
How do you know if it is time to upgrade your system and increase your MRI capabilities to better service neurological needs?
Determine your needs – Shared Imaging can help guide your assessment:
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- UPGRADE OR REPLACE: Ensure patient safety