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Growth with Body MRI

Expand your Body MRI services

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The clinical and financial impact of patient motion during MRI
How Siemens MRI technology helps you overcome it427kB


One 15 second breath-hold for 4 image contrasts

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With our award-winning FREEZEit – featuring TWIST-VIBE and StarVIBE – you will be able to take body imaging to the next level by overcoming challenging motion in liver imaging. This will enable you to expand your MRI services in the field of body imaging.

 

 

Frost & Sullivan recognizes FREEZEit with the Product Leadership Award for Innovative Techniques in Abdominal Imaging. More

Free-breathing, contrast-enhanced body imaging.

One of the most challenging groups for liver exams is the growing patient population unable to hold their breath. Dynamic imaging usually requires breath-holds, but many children, elderly or very sick patients cannot hold their breath for the required time or at all.

StarVIBE now delivers robust, free-breathing, and contrast-enhanced exams for these patients by intelligently resisting motion artifacts.

 

Body MRI Case with FREEZEit – Hepatoblastoma Follow-up exam with StarVIBE595kB

 

Key benefits:

  • Reliable imaging of a growing patient population, otherwise excluded from MRI
  • Improved treatment due to more accurate results
  • More satisfying patient experience
  • Less time for preparation
  • No need for rescans

 

“Radial VIBE (StarVIBE) sequence is ideal for MR imaging of pediatric patients. It significantly improves overall image quality and is motion robust, allowing for optimal imaging in free-breathing sedated pediatric patients.“1,2
Sarah S. Milla, MD
Pediatric Radiologist
Atlanta, GA

Contiguous Coverage, Fat Suppression, and High-Resolution with StarVIBE
Free-breathing pediatric abdomen exams
5-year-old patient with history of Hepatoblastoma, post partial liver resection.

Conventional VIBE
(A) Conventional VIBE with Cartesian sampling is affected by respiratory and bowel motion artifacts, with resulting blurring.
(B) Free-breathing StarVIBE with fat sat provides sharper images with improved spatial resolution.<br />(176 slices, 2 mm, 2562 matrix, 25-cm FOV)
(B) Free-breathing StarVIBE with fat sat provides sharper images with improved spatial resolution.
(176 slices, 2 mm, 2562 matrix, 25-cm FOV)

Recommended Papers:

 

Investigative Radiology

Free-breathing radial 3D fat-suppressed T1-weighted gradient echo sequence: a viable alternative for contrast-enhanced liver imaging in patients unable to suspend respiration.
 

Hersh Chandarana; et al; 2011
Oct; 46(10)648-53.
Doi:10.1097/RLY.0b01e31821eea45.

 

American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR)

Free-breathing 3D T1-weighted gradient-echo sequence with radial data sampling in abdominal MRI; preliminary observations.
 

Azevedo, RM, et al; 2011 Sep;197
(3)650-7. doi;
10.2214/AJR.10.5881.

Lecture on "Fast liver MRI with advanced imaging techniques"

Watch Dr. Mike Notohamiprodjo of the LMU University Hospital Munich, Germany giving his lecture recorded live at the ECR 2014 in Vienna, Austria. He describes how to use our trendsetting applications to make liver MRI  faster and more robust2.

Always the right contrast in dynamic liver imaging.

Dynamic liver imaging remains a contrast-enhanced technique. Using contrast agent makes it necessary to catch the right point of the arterial phase. If this point in time is missed, crucial arterial information within the liver remains unseen.

TWIST-VIBE offers high temporal and spatial resolution with full 4D coverage for multi-arterial imaging with 100% precise contrast-timing.

 

Body MRI Case with FREEZEit – FNH/Adenoma Distinction with TWIST-VIBE507kB

 

Key benefits:

  • Robust and fast liver imaging with full 4D coverage
  • Excellent images to plan surgical intervention
  • Reliable imaging from the very first shot
  • Time and cost savings
  • No need for rescans


“TWIST-VIBE revolutionizes the diagnostic possibilities for oncologic imaging. It allows for robust, high temporal and spatial resolution scans, improving lesion detection and characterization. Thus, the detection of otherwise almost invisible liver metastases as well as small HCC foci becomes feasible. This immediately impacts further treatment decisions for our patients.”1
Ulrike I. Attenberger, MD
University Medical Center Mannheim
Mannheim, Germany

LiverLab allows fat & iron evaluation and can be performed totally non-invasively. This allows
trending and/or monitoring of patients suspicious of liver diseases especially in early disease stages.

 

The iron and fat values of the liver are important indicators for a variety of serious illnesses. Early evaluation could be a decisive step to better monitor early stages of diffuse liver diseases such as steatosis and hemochromatosis.

 

LiverLab is robust and fast enough to be implemented in routine clinical imaging with only a few clicks.


Your benefits:

• Quantitative liver evaluation

• Robust, clinical, inline workflow, built into the Abdomen Dot Engine

• First Look Dixon:

  o Single breath-hold (in, out, water, fat)

  o Inline, whole liver segmentation

  o Inline liver volume calculation

  o Evaluation suggestion: if fat / iron is detected

 

Patient with focal iron deposition

Inline Parametric Map R2* from “First Look” Dixon<br />
Inline Parametric Map R2*
from “First Look” Dixon
Inline Color report
Inline Color report
  • Multi-Echo Dixon

     o Inline parametric maps of the whole liver
     - T2*, R2*
     - Fat and water fraction
     o Inline evaluation and reports
     - Color bar charts
     - Parameter values over the specified ROI
     - Parameter values and histograms of the whole liver

Patient with relatively severe fatty liver

Inline Parametric Map Fat Fraction
Inline Parametric Map Fat Fraction
Inline Parametric Map R2*eff
Inline Parametric Map R2*eff
  • HISTO

     o Multi-echo single voxel spectroscopy
     o User control of voxel placement
     o Inline evaluation and reports
     - Color bar chart

     - Spectra and fitting curves for quality control
     - Fat fraction
     - R2 water
 

Inline color report from HISTO
Inline color report from HISTO

Cutting your 3D breath-holds in half

With the new CAIPIRINHA (Controlled Aliasing in Parallel Imaging Results in Higher Acceleration) technique, you can accelerate acquisition and significantly reduce 3D breath-holds—without affecting image resolution, coverage, or contrast.
CAIPIRINHA acquisition can be used with 3D TI VIBE or 3D Dixon technique—which provides four contrasts (in phase, opposed phase, fat, and water) in a single short breath-hold

 

See clinical images from Duke 

25 second breath hold without CAIPIRINHA

Sequence1

3D VIBE FS
3mm, 256 matrix, 72 slices

7 second breath hold with CAIPIRINHA

Sequence 2

3D VIBE FS CAIPIRINHA x 4
3mm, 288 matrix, 72 slices

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3D Dixon Water CAIPIRINHA x 4
3mm, 320 matrix, 64 slices

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3D Dixon FAT CAIPIRINHA x 4
3 mm, 320 matrix, 64 slices

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3D Dixon In Phase CAIPIRINHA x 4
3mm, 320 matrix, 64 slices

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3D Dixon Opposed Phase CAIPIRINHA x 4
3mm, 320 matrix, 64 slices

CAIPIRINHA software is included as standard with Siemens’ D13A software for MAGNETOM Aera, Skyra, Avanto and Verio. It is also available with D14 software for the MAGNETOM ESSENZA 1.5T system.


Decrease breath holds – increase workflow
Abdominal MRIs can be challenging—motion (voluntary and involuntary), breath-hold capacity of the patient, acquisition speed, and contrast timing can all impact body imaging. If you could improve your abdominal MRIs, you can yield significant benefits.
Improve your abdominal MRI service and you’ll be able to:

  • Increase patient compliance
  • Enhance patient satisfaction
  • Have consistency among technologists
  • Reduce repeat exams, increase throughput
  • Improve image quality and diagnostic confidence
  • Attract more referrals
  • Meet utilization goals

“With CAIPIRINHA, acquisition times shorter than 10 seconds could have been achieved, which is a tremendous advantage, especially for elderly patients, who are not able to suspend their breath sufficiently. […] CAIPIRINHA-accelerated T1w-VIBE imaging seems to be a very robust and reliable technique. At our institution, this technique is now the clinical standard for abdominal MR studies.”

 

Highly Accelerated T1-Weighted Abdominal Imaging Using 2-Dimensional Controlled Aliasing in Parallel
Imaging Results in Higher Acceleration.
Riffel P, Attenberger UI, et. al.
Investigative Radiology. Volume 48, Number 7, July 2013.
Abstract 

 

Controlled Aliasing in Parallel Imaging Results in Higher Acceleration (CAIPIRINHA)
Download CAIPIRINHA Flash article600kB

Elastography

Liver fibrosis with its associated cirrhosis and hypertension is a highly prevalent disease in the U.S. and traditionally requires biopsy for diagnosis. MR Elastography (MRE) offers the possibility to evaluate relative liver stiffness noninvasively.

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Wave Images
2D GRE MRE sequence Is run during application of mechanical waves by active / passive drivers. Wave images allow visualization of resulting shear waves as they travel through the tissue

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Inline Elastogram
Calculated from wave image provides data about relative tissue stiffness. Here red indicates higher stiffness in fibrotic liver.

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Elastogram with Confidence Mask1
Siemens unique. Provides criteria to determine if calculated sheer wave stiffness values for a specific voxel is reliable

Our MRE package includes the hardware and software features to incorporate this state-of-the-art diagnostic tool into your diagnostic MR abdominal service. With it, you receive:

  • Active driver
  • Passive driver
  • Body 18 coil (standard)
  • 2D gradient echo sequence with
  • Motion-Encoding Gradients
  • iPAT enabled for shortened breath-holds
  • Inline Elastogram
  • Confidence Mask1
  • Magnitude, Color Stiffness, Color Stiffness with Confidence Mask and Color Wave images ready to read
  • Ability to reading stiffness directly on the color elastogram1
  • Free window leveling of color elastograms1
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