Researchers at Harvard University have found significant results relating scans to head movement. While radiologists have always known to discard scans that are blurry from movement, it seems this may not be enough to limit poor quality scans.
Results showed for those who moved during scans there were notable correlations between head movement and readings of reduced gray matter in the brain. The likely cause is the specific head motion researchers asked volunteers to do during the scans.
This means regardless of discarding blurry scans, there needs to be more vigilance for head motion during MRI brain scans. This is not the first time we have seen the high cost of motion during scans, as shown in our 2016 story.
At Sound Imaging, we know how crucial it is to have high quality scans in order to properly diagnose. This is why we designed a number of MRI devices aimed at a making a better MRI Suite. One such device is the SAMM System, the MRI conditional CCTV System to ensure patient and facility safety, and its upgrade SAMM M.D. which has the added feature of customized motion detection software.
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