Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the gold standard of imaging diagnostics in many medical fields. But it is still far from always being readily available – even where it would be the best option. Technological progress is rapid. The next generation MRI could look very different.
MRI today: The soft tissue giant
The challenge of accessibility
Despite its strengths, MRI is far from being universally accessible. In the OECD countries, for example, on average more than twice as many CT examinations as MRI scans are performed per 1000 inhabitants. Waiting times for an MRI scan are usually much longer than for a CT. There are also huge geographic variations: in Germany and Austria, the annual number of MRI examinations is bigger than the number of CT scans. In most other OECD countries, it is the other way round, and in less developed countries, the density of MRI scanning units is generally very low.
All in all, performing an MRI examination takes longer, and can be trickier than performing a CT examination. As a consequence, delegating an MRI examination to a technical assistant is less straight-forward than delegating a CT examination. Hub-and-spoke scenarios, increasingly common in CT imaging, are rare in MRI.
The transforming power of innovation
Enter the future of MRI diagnostics
The statements by Siemens Healthineers customers described herein are based on results that were achieved in the customer’s unique setting. Since there is no “typical” hospital and many variables exist (e.g., hospital size, case mix, level of IT adoption) there can be no guarantee that other customers will achieve the same results.