Philips unveils industry’s first MRI guided user interface to simplify the imaging of growing patient population with MR Conditional implants at RSNA 2015

November 30, 2015

  • ScanWise Implant1 removes barriers and expands Philips’ portfolio of diagnostic imaging solutions
  • Technology supports healthcare professionals’ first-time-right imaging for millions of patients with MR Conditional implants

Amsterdam, the Netherlands Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG AEX: PHIA) today introduced ScanWise Implant, the industry’s first MRI guided user interface and automatic scan parameter selection to help simplify the scanning of patients with MR Conditional implants, such as knee and hip replacements, spine implants and pacemakers, at the 2015 Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting (RSNA). The new software helps users streamline exams and supports diagnostic confidence of this growing patient population. ScanWise Implant adds to Philips’ suite of diagnostic imaging solutions designed to support healthcare professionals’ first-time-right imaging, helping to improve hospital workflow, diagnostic confidence and, ultimately, patient experience.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a modality of choice for diagnosing conditions such as neurological disorders, cancer, and muscle, joint and back pain. These conditions are most prevalent in older patient populations2, and the population with large joint replacements and implanted cardiac devices is expected to increase by about 70 percent over the next five years3.

However, implants can create a number of challenges with MRI exams. For example, it’s difficult for clinicians to understand and scan within the safety limits defined by each implant manufacturer. These limits are not always clear or easy to implement on the MR scanner, causing patients with MR Conditional implants to often be denied MRI exams. In fact, every year 300,000 patients in the U.S. are denied access to MRIs because of a cardiac implantable electronic device4.

“We saw an opportunity to use our advanced digital health technology to help make MRIs more accessible to a patient population routinely denied access to this modality,” said Robert Cascella, Executive Vice President and CEO, Philips Imaging. “At Philips, we strive to arm clinicians with innovative technology, so all patients can receive the most confident diagnosis and best treatment plans. By integrating patients, practitioners, and process with technology, we’re helping radiology transform its care practice.”

Increasing patient access to MRIs
Introducing MRI to a patient’s diagnostic and treatment plan allows clinicians enhanced accuracy and improved workflow, and provides patients with access to better care. According to Harald Kugel, Ph.D., Department of Clinical Radiology, University of Münster, “The previous industry standard was: if patients had an implant, they couldn’t be examined with MR. However, patients deserve the best imaging modality available and shouldn’t be excluded from a modality, because risks aren’t truly known and documented. It’s a milestone achievement that Philips developed an answer for patients with conditional implants to have access to MRIs.”

“From a technologist’s perspective, we’re excited about the prospect of shortening exam times and broadening the diagnostic modalities available for those patients with MR Conditional implants,” said Scott Hipko, Chief MRI Research Technologist, The University of Vermont, College of Medicine. “Philips understands the needs of radiologists and brings the expertise needed to create a smart solution to help guide operators to meet the specific criteria for each implant.”

ScanWise Implant is the newest addition to Philips’ advanced diagnostic imaging solutions designed to support first-time-right imaging. Other products within this portfolio include:

  • Ingenia 1.5T S which is designed for first-time-right imaging and increased patient comfort for a faster workflow5;
  • mDIXON XD which provides fast, sharp and fat-free imaging for all anatomies, increasing the diagnostic information by providing two contrasts in a single scan; and
  • Philips’ MR in-bore experience which helps to improve the patient experience and utilizes AutoVoice and ComforTone to turn the patient exam into an event.

The ScanWise Implant, along with Philips’ diagnostic imaging solutions, is featured in booth #6736 at RSNA through Dec. 4 in Chicago, Ill. Follow @PhilipsLiveFrom or visit for more information on Philips’ presence at #RSNA15.

1 510(k) pending. Not available in the U.S.
2 National Cancer Institute April 2009. US estimated complete prevalence (including counts) by age on 1/1/2006; Arthritis Rheum. May 1998; 41 (5):778-799; American Heart Association. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics – 2010 Update: Learn and Live. Prevalence of stroke by age and sex (NHANES: 2003-2006).
3 Large Joint Reconstructive Implants US_ 2015, MRG Spine US 2015, MRG- Cardiac rhythm management rhythm management device| global | 2014 | Market Analysis.
4 Cogn Int Conf Adv Cogn Technol Appl. 2014; 2014: 235–238.
5 Increased patient comfort with the patient in-bore solution compared to without, faster workflow compared to Philips Achieva.

For further information, please contact:

Kathy O’Reilly
Philips Group Communications
Tel: +1 978-221-8919
Twitter: @kathyoreilly

Adrienne Smith
Philips Diagnostic Imaging
Tel.: + 1 781-277-1170
Twitter: @AdrienneSmith12


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