Shorter exam time, better patient acceptance, more clinical information
Before the Kawasaki Saiwai Hospital adopted the Philips Ingenia, the long exam length was hindering clinical adoption of whole body DWI. Their first goal after the Ingenia was available was to shorten exam time. The time saved could then be used to fit in more clinical information while keeping the total exam time acceptable for patients. Switching to coronal DWIBS rather than axial further shortened the scan time.
Mr. Naka says: “When we use a coronal DWIBS acquisition, we can perform a full whole body examination, including other required sequences, within 30 minutes. This is considerably faster than the previously used exam with axial whole body DWI, which took more than 45 minutes.” This allows the exam to be used on patients in poor health who would have difficulty tolerating a long exam, and simplifies scheduling.