T2-weighted images with READY Brain (Hydrocephalus) T2-weighted images of the same patient
Figure 2A. Hydrocephalus before treatment. Figure 2B. Two months after treatment.
Although there is an extremely small cross-section difference, favorable reproducibility was able to be obtained.
Through the use of READY Brain, successive changes in the condition can be objectively observed and easily
explained to the patient.
High-definition images can also
be obtained under free breathing.
When conducting thin-slice imaging
of targets with small FOV (e.g. the
temporomandibular joint), the system’s
hardware performance results in clear
images with a high SNR.
Improved scanning efficiency
To enable fast, reproducibly accurate
routine scans, the Brivo MR355 offers
a simple, user-friendly operation that
contains several automated functions.
Two key stand-outs are the Express Coil
and READY Brain.
The Express Coil technology with the
Auto Coil Selection feature defines
landmarks while automatically
selecting the optimum coil elements.
This greatly contributes to improved
scanning efficiency. Mr. Totsuka
explains, “In the past, if we had to scan
two separate points, such as the brain
and cervical vertebrae or the cervical
and lumbar vertebrae, we had to run
the scans on two different days. Each
scan was 40 minutes long and the
entire patient exam took about an hour
and a half in total. Now, thanks to the
Express Coil, we can take them both at
the same time and reduce the overall
scan time.” He adds that due to the
large 48 cm FOV produced by the
inclusion of an anterior array coil, it
is also possible to scan the abdomen
from the liver to the pelvic area with
one scan in patients who have a
relatively small frame.
READY Brain automatically captures a
series of brain images from setting the
position to scan with just a few clicks.
At first, Mr. Totsuka thought READY
Brain’s ability to automatically image
the brain in a single series would be
the biggest advantage in improving
throughput. However, he has since
found the high reproducibility to be
the biggest advantage.
“It’s often the case that with patients
who have yearly brain evaluations,
we compare images with the previous
year, called longitudinal studies, using
almost identical cross-sections,
including DWI and T2*-weighted images.
Previously, we had to manually set the
scan planes and run the scan while
confirming the angle, slice starting
positions, and total number of slices.
This process took a long time,” he says.