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Philips Pediatric MR User Meeting convened in Barcelona

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Philips Pediatric MR User Meeting convenes in Barcelona

Interactive gathering underscores importance of pediatric MR feedback

Networking and sharing experiences and information was the focus as about 40 pediatric radiologists, neuro-radiologists, cardiologists, physicists and senior technologists from 15 countries gathered at the fourth Philips Pediatric MR User Meeting. The conference took place in Barcelona, Spain on June 8-9, 2007 following the European Society of Pediatric Radiology Congress. The interactive format was well received by attendees, who appreciated the opportunity to confer with colleagues and offer input to Philips representatives.

 

Nancy Rollins, medical director of the Department of Radiology at Children's Medical Center (Dallas, Texas, USA) who presented on the differences between 1.5T and 3.0T MR platforms, says the conference provided an important opportunity for customers to provide input to Philips for product improvement, and learn from the experiences of other sites imaging children.

 

Taylor Chung, M.D., head of the Department of Diagnostic Imaging and chief of Diagnostic Imaging Services at Texas Children's Hospital (Houston, Texas, USA), agreed that the interactive format was a success. "It was a very valuable meeting from a user's point of view," he says, "and it's encouraging to pediatric users that Philips maintains a strong pediatrics focus."

Customer feedback leads to innovative solutions

Elizabeth van Vorstenbosch, Philips MR application consultant, says that an important discussion at the meeting centered on developing new protocols to optimize pediatric MR, thereby distinguishing between newborns, small children and large children. "These new protocols will be extremely beneficial because of the large range of ages and sizes of pediatric patients," she reports.

In addition, the fact that many sites are moving from the 1.5T to the 3.0T led to dialogue on fetal and child imaging issues and the need to update knowledge from 1.5T to 3.0T technology. "It's great to hear users speak out about practical issues and needs in the pediatric MR community," says Dr. Chung, "and it's helpful to discuss fetal imaging at this meeting, because most fetal imaging is done by pediatric MR users."

Pediatric MR use increasing

Pediatric MR imaging is growing in availability and usage, explains van Vorstenbosch. "It is clear that the use of MR for pediatric patients is increasing," she says. "While neuro imaging remains the primary area of interest, accounting for about 60 percent of pediatric MR examinations, other areas such as cardiac care and sports injuries are expanding rapidly."

 

Additionally, technological developments such as faster scanning and enhanced image quality have led to increased acceptance of MR imaging over other diagnostic modalities in the pediatric community. In pediatric cases when frequent follow up is required, MR is an excellent option without using ionizing radiation to help follow a child.

 <BR>Elizabeth van Vorstenbosch (right) and participants during coffee break.

Elizabeth van Vorstenbosch (right) and participants during coffee break.

Presentations on pediatric brain, heart applications

Presentations at the meeting included topics such as pediatric fiber tracking, the use of MR in congenital heart disease, MR advances in perinatal diffusion imaging and DTI, pituitary imaging in children, and the use of 3.0T for pediatric patients.

 

The next Philips Pediatric MR User Meeting is planned

for September 8-10, 2008, in Dallas, Texas, USA



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