Whole Body 1.5T MR
Figure 2A. Coronal T1 weighted demonstrating a mass lesion attached
to the joints. There are small tubular hypointensities (signal voids).
Figure 2B. Coronal T1
For patients who need extremities
scanned, the MSK-dedicated
Optima MR430s is an excellent solution.
It provides remarkable images when
scanning wrists, hands, fingers, and
elbows—and it’s much easier on
patients, especially pediatric patients.
With a scanning chair that is comfortable
and adjustable, the relaxed sitting
position helps calm pediatric patients
during the scan. The first goal is to keep
them quiet so we can get the best
image consistency. We are assured
that we get excellent image quality
The clinical images demonstrate the
clinical utility and excellent image quality
of the high-field, dedicated extremity
MR—often surpassing that of full-body
1.5T systems for MSK applications.
Figure 3A. Sagittal PD FS images
Whole Body 1.5T MR
Figure 3B. Sagittal PD FS
‡‡MR scanning has not been established as safe for imaging
fetuses or children < 2 years of age. A physician should decide
whether or not to scan pregnant or infant patients.
Arnd Gerhards, MD, is Consultant Radiologist at Radiologische Institut Dr. von ESSEN (Koblenz, Germany). He focuses on MR imaging methods, especially joint
and Abdomendiagnostik, Arthro-MRI, MRI of the prostate, vascular imaging, and MRI and CT of the heart. He is an author and co-author of several publications,
especially in the field of vascular imaging and digital post-processing in C T. He gives presentations at international and national conferences and training events,
and is a member of the German Radiological Society and the AG Cardiac and Vascular.
Radiologische Institut Dr. von ESSEN is the largest radiology department in Koblenz, Germany with a long tradition and national reputation. The facility
offers the widest possible range of radiology, nuclear medicine, and radiation therapy services to outpatients. Highly specialized doctors work in close
cooperation with Catholic Hospital Koblenz, the Bundeswehr Central Hospital, and the other hospitals in and around Koblenz (and with many practitioners
in the region).