QMC adds second 1.5T MRI to help scan claustrophobic and large patients

Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC), part of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, has acquired a Philips Ingenia 1.5T MRI scanner. The replacement scanner joins an existing Ingenia 1.5T system already in use at the centre. QMC covers the Nottingham area with a population of a million. It is also a regional neuro, cardiac and spinal centre and accepts patients from much further afield. Across all of the systems, the centre scans approximately 46,000 patients a year.

MRI modality manager Jo Day said: “We already have Philips MRI equipment and have been impressed with image quality and the ease of operation. The new system will enable us to scan claustrophobic and large patients with more ease. With faster
sequences and a far more pleasant environment, we hope to reduce the number of paediatric general anaesthetics. The scanner comes with Compressed SENSE, which means we will have more flexibility to scan faster or achieve greater image quality without extending scan times.”

Offering digital clarity and speed, the Ingenia 1.5T helps clinicians diagnose with confidence, explore new applications and work productively. It enables advanced functionality for neuro, oncology and cardiac applications and, with what is claimed to be the largest homogeneous field-of-view in a commercial 70cm system, workflow for challenging patients is enhanced. Compressed SENSE is an acceleration technique that not only speeds up image sequences, but whole examinations.

Picture: Radiology project manager Gwyn Bethell, MRI modality manager Jo Day, senior radiographer Beverley Jones, consultant radiologist Dr Rob Dineen, Philips UKI technical modality lead FSE Phil Worville and imaging account manager Pete Bains.

Published on page 8 of the October 2019 issue of RAD Magazine.

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