Ingenia 1.5T and physician education accelerate acceptance
Dr. Nobusawa notes that acceptance of whole body DWI accelerated after the hospital installed the Ingenia 1.5T which allowed them to optimize the protocol to their needs. “The Philips system helped us promote the technique, because the DWIBS image quality was so high with Ingenia. It provides high quality in the coronal images, and a short acquisition time plus high SNR thanks to the dStream technology,” he says.
In certain cases, radiologists now choose DWIBS to make diagnoses that used to depend on nuclear medicine studies. “We don’t have SPECT or PET in our hospital, so for instance for visualizing metastasis and monitoring the effect of treatments such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy, we used to refer patients outside the hospital. Now, these patients are sent to MRI for our whole body protocol with DWIBS,” Mr. Naka says.