Innovations answering the need for speed in MRI

Compressed SPEEDER technology and the world’s first Deep Learning Reconstruction for MRI

Faster MRI scanning times speeds up departmental workflow enabling more patients to be seen in a working day, helping to alleviate some of the pressures on today’s radiology teams. In addition, the less time a patient spends in an MRI scanner, the better, particularly for individuals with claustrophobia or anxiety. Recent innovations in MRI to overcome the historical challenges of balancing acquisition times and image quality to deliver faster imaging procedures without compromising image quality have been welcomed across the globe.

Introducing the productivity power of Compressed SPEEDER

Available on the latest Canon Medical MRI systems – the Vantage Galan 3T, the Vantage Orian 1.5T and the Vantage Elan 1.5T – the unique Compressed SPEEDER technology supports high acceleration while maintaining resolution and Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR). Reconstruction of full resolution images from highly under-sampled data can speed up MRI scans by up to four times. Exceptional imaging quality and improved productivity offer great potential to meet the capacity challenges of UK imaging departments. Consider in practice an examination that would normally take 30 minutes to perform being reduced to just 10 minutes. This greatly enhances the patient’s experience giving them a greater feeling of comfort and ease, and reducing the likelihood of movement during lengthy scans. The result is a less anxious patient and a better quality scan: a win-win situation for the imaging department. Then calculate all the time savings of shortened scan sequences from a ‘normal’ imaging day and the produc-tivity potential of Compressed SPEEDER on MRI. Adding more patients to daily work lists in an imaging department helps to speed up referral to treatment (RTT) waiting times by providing the critical diagnostic scans for analysis and reporting by clinicians. (See lead picture)

A new era of clarity from Advanced intelligent Clear-IQ Engine (AiCE)

A further innovation born from the advances in medical Artificial Intelligence (AI) is Canon Medical’s Advanced intelligent Clear-IQ Engine (AiCE). This is the world’s first MR Deep Learning Reconstruction (DLR) AI algorithm producing MR images that are exceptionally detailed and with the low-noise properties of a high SNR image. A clear benefit of AiCE is that it can be used in all areas of the body, regardless of which coil is used, and it can be utilised with all imaging sequences both 2D and 3D.

Advanced intelligent Clear-IQ Engine (AiCE) has been developed using vast quantities of high quality image data using a deep convolutional neural network to distinguish true signal from noise. This provides clearer imaging for interpretation and automatic correction of signal or spatial resolution. Enhanced spatial resolution gives greater sharpness and clarity of detail to positively enhance clinical confidence and give more detailed information for diagnosis and treatment planning.

Compressed Speeder + AiCE = new imaging opportunities

The powerful benefits of increased resolution, quicker examinations and removed noise can be fully realised when Compressed Speeder and Advanced intelligent Clear-IQ Engine (AiCE) are used together

First user voices across Europe are expressing that the new MRI technologies are a step change in medical imaging. Indeed, citations include that using the deep learning reconstruction capabilities of Advanced intelligent Clear-IQ Engine (AiCE) on 3T MRI systems is giving imaging results that can be comparable to that of high end 7T systems usually found in research or university facilities.

Positive potential across clinical specialities

The opportunities of MRI innovations via Advanced intelligent Clear-IQ Engine (AiCE) and Compressed SPEEDER are exciting for numerous clinical specialities. Already, areas such as neuroradiology, musculoskeletal (MSK) and cardiovascular imaging are praising the use of advanced imaging innovation for improving the accuracy of examinations, for seeing into anatomical regions that cannot be observed using conventional techniques, and providing much needed shorter scan times.

Patient comfort is already a highly promoted benefit on the latest generation of MRI scanners from Canon Medical. For example, the Pianissimo acoustic noise reduction technology helps make the examination experience less distressing. Now, with shorter procedures powered by the latest DLR advancements, a patient can be in and out of the scanning environment even more swiftly.

The AI era is delivering great advancements for medical imaging. The historical compromise of MRI speed and image resolution is set to be resigned to the past, and the panacea to workflow pressures is on its way. This is the decade for imaging developments to move from concept and luminary anticipations to taking their place in the modern radiology arsenal. The need for speed in MRI has been answered.

This news story has been sponsored by the companies concerned and does not represent the views or opinions of RAD Magazine.

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