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Patients prefer Panorama 1.0T at DiaSana

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MRI NetForum Team Philips Healthcare Philips Global

One of the world's most clinically robust MRI scanners also appeals to patients' comfort-seeking and aesthetic sensibilities, according to clinicians at DiaSana (Mill, The Netherlands), an independent scanning center.

Patients may select their favorite theme for the

scanner suite via the WIFI tablet with touch-screen.

Lighting, visuals and sound in the Panorama 1.0T

suite are then adapted (see examples above).

Panorama 1.0T Ambient tablet, DiaSana, Mill  FS28
Panorama 1.0T Ambient tablet, DiaSana, Mill FS28

Ambient Experience and system openness reassure anxious and larger patients

"Many patients are pleasantly surprised that they don't have to enter a 'tunnel' for their scan," recalls DiaSana radiologist Peter Haarbrink, M.D. "When in the scanner, patients have a panoramic view of the area outside the magnet poles. And, depending on the Ambient Experience theme they select, patients may see fish swimming or watch the surf crashing on a tropical beach, among several other choices. We receive calls from patients all over the Netherlands who want to be scanned in our open MRI system with Ambient suite."


Dr. Haarbrink, a partner in DiaSana, which began operating in early 2005, added that the openness of Panorama 1.0T is the ideal solution for large and obese patients. "Heavy patients above 120 kg [264 lbs.] can be scanned in the Panorama - we don't have to gauge their suitability for a scan based on the bore diameter," he says. "Patients also aren't required to put their arms beside the body, which can enhance patient comfort and gives us more flexibility in conducting the examination."


So far, DiaSana hasn't had a single refusal from a patient to be scanned, adds DiaSana partner Ton Litjes. In fact, one claustrophobic patient was, evidently, so calmed by the Panorama's open geometry and the multicolored lighting and vistas of the Ambient suite that she fell asleep during the 30-minute scan, he says.

Optimal isocenter imaging

From an imaging performance standpoint, the system's openness also facilitates scanning of off-center anatomy, such as knees and shoulders, because technologists can position the anatomy in the magnet's isocenter, Litjes adds.

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