the main hospital, Sophia Children’s
Hospital is a separate building and
department. Installing a new magnet
would not only incur construction
expense, but the department would
endure three months of downtime.
“In this case with the upgrade, our
downtime was only two weeks. That was
a big advantage,” adds Professor Krestin.
While the decision to upgrade the old
scanner to SIGNA Explorer Lift made
sense economically and logistically
from a buildings management
standpoint, it was the advanced clinical
capabilities that made this a winning
scenario for Erasmus.
Sophia Children’s Hospital has two MR
scanners; a Discovery™ M750w 3.0T
wide bore that is frequently used
for research such as the population
study, and the recently upgraded
SIGNA™ Explorer Lift 1.5T in May 2016.
The SIGNA Explorer Lift was an upgrade
from a 10-year-old SIGNA™ HDxt.
According to Professor Krestin, one of
the key reasons for choosing the SIGNA
Explorer Lift upgrade is the limited space
available in the existing facility, as a new
hospital is being built on the campus.
“We chose the upgrade because of the
siting; we did not want to invest in
construction to change the old building,”
Professor Krestin explains. “Also, we
were looking for minimal expense to
move toward a state-of-the-art imaging
system.” The 10-year-old magnet
could still be utilized for another 8-10
years, making the SIGNA™ Explorer Lift
upgrade a sound economical decision.
Another key factor in the decision to
upgrade was to limit the downtime of
the MR scanner. While connected to
Gabriel Krestin, MD, PhD,
Professor of Radiology and Chairman of the
Department of Radiology at Erasmus
University Medical Center.
Figure 1. A 7-year-old patient referred for investigation of non-speci;c abnormalities on physical examination.
(A, B) Axial T2 FLAIR and PROPELLER demonstrate a subtle punctate non-speci;c lesion in the left thalamus.
(C-E) No evidence of endured perinatal asphyxia, other basal nuclei have a normal aspect.