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RSNA report: SmartExam - the first MR with IQ

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Philips MR report from RSNA 2005: SmartExam - the first MR with IQ

One-click planning, scanning and processing - 'wows' visitors at RSNA




SmartExam enables consistent reproducible scan quality


SmartExam recognizes anatomical landmarks in the patient and uses these to plan the ExamCard's scans. Scanning automatically starts and acquired images are automatically processed as defined in the ExamCard to suit clinical evaluation. The result is optimized scan quality every time - at the touch of a button.


"For example, a mid-sagittal scan will never be misangulated or mislocated," says Jacques Coumans, PhD, Vice President of Global MR Marketing. "It will always come in at exactly the same location: every day, every patient and every operator."


Through SmartExam, institutions can benefit from a 30% increase in operator efficiency. Higher productivity, shorter exams and consistent reproducible clinical results lead to improved workflow and more confident diagnoses.


Initial trials are promising, notes Coumans. "Our partners at the University of Bonn have used SmartExam with more than 500 patients. Even in cases of severe deformities of the anatomy, the SmartExam planning software works successfully. People who understand the concept say, wow!"


SmartExam is developed for Achieva 3.0T, Achieva 1.5T, Intera 1.5T and Panorama 1.0T scanners. SmartExam will also be available as part of an upgrade for most Philips MR systems installed since 1994.

Ambient Experience assists physicians, calms patients

RSNA 2005 Panorama 1.0T Ambient
RSNA 2005 Panorama 1.0T Ambient

The Philips Panorama 1.0T open MR was featured in this year's Ambient

Experience Pavilion. This unique approach to a more patient-friendly

scanning experience drew large crowds every day.


Visitors were shown how patients could take control of the scanning experience by selecting a soothing environmental display. Philips contends that when a patient feels more at ease, anxiety levels are reduced, exam times are shortened and image quality improves.


"We have two Ambient Experience sites currently operational and more in the pipeline," says Coumans. "And we have started two research projects to measure the benefits in the MR environment. It's not enough to have glowing testimonials, we have to quantify its benefits."


The Ambient Experience concept is also compatible with the Achieva 3.0T and 1.5T.

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