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MR-guided interventional course held at Magdeburg

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MRI NetForum Team Philips Healthcare • Netherlands

The International School of Image-Guided Interventions (Magdeburg, Germany) was co-founded by Prof. Jens Ricke, MD, who has pioneered MR-guided interventions at the Clinic for Radiology and Nuclear Medicine in Magdeburg. As part of the school’s curriculum, a two-day course recently familiarized participants with use of the Panorama High Field Open scanner in MR-guided interventions.

Spacious Panorama HFO provides MR imaging during interventional procedures

Panorama’s 160 cm, wide-open aperture allows it to support many different minimally invasive interventions where MRI’s high soft tissue contrast and imaging in multiple orientations can be useful. These include MR-guided tumor ablation in the liver with RF ablation or brachytherapy, biopsy procedures such as free-hand breast biopsy, pain therapy, drainage placement, nephrostomy and more. Panorama HFO enables good patient access and MR imaging during the procedure.

The interventional course is held at the Center for Radiology of University Hospital Magdeburg and led by Frank Fischbach, MD and K. Strach, MD. Two 2-day courses were held in February 2012, each attended by four pairs of users, a pair being the interventional radiologist plus his/her technologist. It provided theoretical sessions on interactive MR, safety aspects and MR compatible materials like catheters, clips and biopsy systems. In addition there was the extensive practical experience for each interventional team, with the interventionalist at the Panorama HFO MR scanner and technologist at the console, using anatomic and non-anatomic phantoms. Interventional HFO users from Norway, Belgium and Germany attended the courses.

Ole Einar Heieren, MD, radiologist at Ulleval University Hospital, Oslo was one of the participants in the course. “The 2-day hands-on workshop in Magdeburg for interventions on the Philips Panorama was very well organized, interesting and useful. We look forward to using the knowledge and the developed MR sequences for interventions in clinical practice at the university hospital in Oslo,” he commented at the end of the course.

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