Can you shorten your MRI exam time, while also getting accurate results? Maybe.
A recent study published in the Academic Radiology journal shows preliminary results for a quick scan and read times for breast MRI scans.
To put simply, the team compared using a full diagnostic protocol (FDP) vs a simplified breast protocol (SBP). The difference between the two methods was interpretation and scan time. Instead of a full scan, the SBP uses a limited scan method targeting breast cancer regions.
The results so far have been promising. The simplified version was comparable to the full diagnostic procedure. This may eventually lead to faster scans without losing accuracy.
In the meantime, most patients will need to go through the full diagnostic process, which is no quick procedure. To make the scan process easier for patients, look to MRI accessories, which provide patient comfort and distraction from the scan. MRI Visors, the portable video goggle system, and MRI Stereo, the two-way communication music device, are excellent tools to ease patient discomfort and distract from the scan.
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