pelvis, to potentially detect previously
undiagnosed sources of neuropathy.
He also wants to explore the
FatSat options for visualization
of peripheral nerves.
While admittedly “still in the infancy
of discovering what the SIGNA Pioneer
has to o;er,” Dr. Deibler, Snow and
Welborn are con;dent the SIGNA
Pioneer will be a system that can
help di;erentiate their practice and
continue to fuel their growth.
“One of our neuroradiologists saw the
InHance sequence in a carotid study
and commented that with the high
image quality we may not need to give
contrast in any vascular or angiography
cases,” Snow adds.
Deibler agrees, “The non-contrast
MRAs for renal, AAA, peripherals, and
carotids have been fabulous. We’re
excited to have the capability to do
more of these types of studies.”
While the center hasn’t yet added
new studies for abdominal imaging, Dr.
Deibler sees an opportunity to utilize
DISCO as well as MR Touch in the
liver. “We are getting excellent image
quality, less motion, and improved
characterization of liver pathology. The
MRCP studies on the SIGNA Pioneer are
typically better quality than what I’ve
seen elsewhere,” he adds.
With the “bread and butter” cases,
such as MSK and neuro, the center
is delivering a high level of service
to patients and referring physicians.
With Cube FSE, Snow is acquiring
very high resolution in thin slices
with great contrast and spatial
resolution. Dr. Deibler wants to utilize
Cube to investigate neurography
in body imaging, for example in the
lumbar spine, brachial plexus, and
Andrew Deibler, MD, is Director of MRI for MedQuest and Triad Radiology Associates, part of the Novant Health Imaging group, which operates more than 24
imaging centers located throughout Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. He completed his MD at the Medical University of South Carolina and did his
residency and fellowship at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He’s board-certi;ed in Diagnostic Radiology.
Paul Welborn is the Area Manager for Maplewood, Kernersville, and Triad.
Karen Snow, RT(R) MR, is the MR Supervisor at Novant Health Imaging, Maplewood.
Novant Health Imaging, with over 30 MR and imaging centers throughout the Carolinas and Virginia, o;ers a full range of imaging services including MRI, CT,
Diagnostic X-ray, Mammogram, Ultrasound and Nuclear Medicine. Each center focuses on comfort and convenience with a dedicated and highly-skilled
radiology team committed to delivering the most remarkable experience in every dimension, every time. All exams are interpreted by board-certi;ed radiologists
whose experience helps referring physicians make diagnoses necessary to provide appropriate and timely medical treatment.
Figure 3. Enhancement map assists with characterization of a PI-RADS grade
5 prostate cancer with focal perineural involvement, con;rmed on pathology
specimens from robotic prostatectomy.