WHOLE BODY IMAGING WITH GEM SUITE
By Khaled Hadjnacer, MD, Jean-Marc Pinon, Imaging Department Manager,
and M I. Gouadjelia, Technologist, CHR Laennec
At GIE IRM Creil (CHR Laennec) in Creil, France, simple, productive, and fast workflow has always been a top riority for our MR imaging center. When we decided to add a new MR system, we sought a versatile system that offers excellent image quality across a broad set of applications, including challenging emerging areas like cardiac MR and whole body imaging. We chose the Optima* MR450w, featuring the new Geometry Embracing Method (GEM) Suite, in part because of the integrated coil system and work- flow improvements that help boost our productivity. In particular, the ease of coil positioning, automatic coil selection, and user interface have made a significant difference for our practice. In addition, we have found that the GEM Suite of coils provides good coverage, signal penetration, and homogeneity. We are most impressed with the boost in SNR resulting from the addition of GEM, which we are using to gain resolution, speed, and, in some cases, add sequences to obtain more clinical data without increasing scan times. In our opinion, we feel there has been an increase in SNR of approximately 20%.
Our whole body
While the majority of our MR imaging
continues to be the core applications
of neuro, musculoskeletal, body, and
breast exams, the Optima MR450w
has helped expand our capabilities
with respect to cardiac and whole body
imaging. In our experience, whole body
MR referrals are expanding because
MR offers a credible, radiation-free
complement to PET/CT and nuclear
medicine in oncology-related
applications. Now, with the addition
of GEM technology, our whole body
MR exams are typically 20% faster than
a PET/CT exam and more comfortable
for the patient, while offering greater
resolution and very high sensitivity.
Khaled Hadjnacer, MD
is a Radiologist at CHR Laennec.