MRI Insights

Accelerating Wrist MRI with AI-Enhanced Image Quality

Wrist MRI serves as an invaluable tool in the diagnosis and assessment of various conditions affecting this complex joint. It allows healthcare providers to diagnose and evaluate trauma and injuries like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), Tendon and Ligament Disorders, Arthritis and Joint Degeneration and Ganglion Cysts and Tumors.

Figure 1: A Siemens Verio 3T wrist COR T1 scan. Left: routine scan (AT=03:28), right: short scan iQMR processed (AT=01:45, 50% time reduction).

The wrist poses some distinct challenges for imaging due to its small size, intricate anatomy, and numerous structures packed in a confined space. To overcome these hurdles and ensure the most accurate results, specialized wrist coils or surface coils are needed. Furthermore, the patientis required to lie still inside the MRI bore for the duration of the scan. This can be difficult and result in movement which will cause motion artifacts or even the need for rescans.  

To address this issue, Gateway Diagnostic Imaging in Texas implemented iQMR, an AI-assisted technology that enabled them to shorten wrist scan time by 50% while maintaining image quality. This in turn allowed for reduced appointment times from 45 minutes to only 30 minutes.

Implementing iQMR, for all body parts on all scanners, enabled substantially shorter MRI scans while preserving (and even enhancing) image quality, and additional benefits:

  • Exceptional Image Quality: The technology’s ability to produce top-tier images ensures accurate and precise diagnoses for a wide range of conditions.

  • Time-Efficiency: Shorter scan times mean more patients can be attended to, reducing wait lists and enhancing overall patient satisfaction.

  • Optimized Workflow: Healthcare professionals can streamline their practice, making it more effective and allowing them to focus on delivering the best possible care.

  • Enhanced Patient Experience: Less time in the MRI machine means a more comfortable experience for patients, especially those who may feel anxious during the procedure.