MRI plan short-sighted, warns expert

MRI plan short-sighted, warns expert

There are 1 comment on the CBC News story from Feb 28, 2012, titled MRI plan short-sighted, warns expert. In it, CBC News reports that:

A leading expert on medical imaging is warning New Brunswick against its plan to use only 1.5T magnetic resonance imaging machines to equip five regional hospitals.

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Seattle, WA

#1 Mar 2, 2012
The comment "several hundred thousand it will cost to train for this machine" is not valid...on-site applications training comes with the purchase price of the MRI system. In real life, 3T can present additional safety issues with inplanted prosthetics that have not been tested at 3T. There is also increase heating issues (SAR). As far "Parrot contends the province needs at least two 3T machines in order to bring diagnostic imaging up to standards" 1.5T has been the standard of care for many years. What happens with 3T systems is that quality is dummied down in order to make exams faster and thereby acccomodating more patients per day...its all about the money comming in. The is very little a 3T can do that 1.5T can't. High-end functional imaging fMRI is not common place and maybe not be re-imbursable...again its the money. Having the same MRI systems across a service line makes sense for steamline servicing, operational flexibility, protocol consistency and reproducability.

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