What’s New in MRI technology Latest development in MRI techniques and applications: Improving accuracy, speed and safety


Clinical MRI Physicist MRI Application Specialist



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Innovation in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
(MRI) has been an area of increased focus in the medical industry over the past decade, with new technologies and visualization advancements emerging at a rapid pace. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advancement in imaging technologies have been crucial to developing more accurate results, thereby improving diagnosis and patient treatment options. Besides, recent advances in MR hardware including low Field scanners, flexible radiofrequency coils, helium-free magnets, and also accessories including wireless patient monitoring, revolutionized MRI performances and workflow. In addition, the techniques of MRI have experienced rapid development and found wide applications in recent years. The technical development is marked by the improvement and optimization of conventional MR imaging techniques and the emergence of new pulse sequences with a wide range of clinical applications such as CEST-MRI (Chemical Exchange Saturation Transfer MRI) in neuroimaging. As MR new pulse sequences have matured technically primarily for neuro applications, it has also proven to be increasingly valuable for body imaging such as free-breathing techniques for abdominal imaging and pulse sequences for volumetric liver fat detection. In this workshop, we present (1)the most recent advances in AI applications including AI-base reduction of the amount of contrast media needed for contrast- enhanced MRI and AI-powered reconstruction techniques for increasing image quality. (2) we discuss the Blue Sealed magnets for addressing helium scarcity, super flex coils for improved accessibility and performance in a wide range of anatomic postures, and also MR-compatible wireless patient monitoring to allow greater flexibility for MR technicians and performance that is competitive with bedside monitoring. (3) we review the latest pulse sequences including CEST MRI for molecular imaging, synthetic MRI for generating contrast- weighted images based on measurement of tissue properties in a single acquisition, Zero TE imaging for permitting visualization of short-T2 tissues such as cortical bone, fat- quantification techniques for quantifying of fatty accumulation in the liver and also free- breathing MRI for challenging patients who may be unable to hold their breath for an extended period of time or who have irregular respiratory rates. Finally, we present our reflections on possible future developments and current availability in clinical settings.