MR Education: A MUST for Success

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Published on October 31, 2008

Author: mriexperts

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Progress in Magnetic Resonance Imaging necessitates Continuing Education to keep current!

Continuing Education: MRI It’s not an option, it’s essential to imaging excellence

It’s not an option, it’s essential to imaging excellence

Image quality is influenced by: Performance of equipment Expertise of operator Environment Management Posture/ Style Weakness in one of these links weakens the entire chain

Performance of equipment

Expertise of operator

Environment

Management Posture/ Style

Weakness in one of these links weakens the entire chain

Equipment Performance Specification Spatial resolution: able to see details Low contrast resolution: able to see subtle objects Fidelity: Absence of image distortion and artifacts Service: Quality and responsiveness of engineer Reliability: Uptime / Downtime

Performance Specification

Spatial resolution: able to see details

Low contrast resolution: able to see subtle objects

Fidelity: Absence of image distortion and artifacts

Service: Quality and responsiveness of engineer

Reliability: Uptime / Downtime

Environment Image quality is influenced by: Overall design and lay-out MR site selection Shielding and radiation confinement Sources of interference Support equipment

Image quality is influenced by:

Overall design and lay-out

MR site selection

Shielding and radiation confinement

Sources of interference

Support equipment

Management Impact image quality through Posture, attitude and mission Commitment to patient care via exceptional images Commitment to reducing false positive rates and false negative rates Intolerance ( or tolerance ) to mediocre image quality Commitment to staff excellence

Impact image quality through

Posture, attitude and mission

Commitment to patient care via exceptional images

Commitment to reducing false positive rates and false negative rates

Intolerance ( or tolerance ) to mediocre image quality

Commitment to staff excellence

Staff Expertise Choice of protocol and parameters affect image MRI is complex - even intimidating Past academic curriculum did not include MRI New modality: Does not lend itself to OJT Knowledge leads to Confidence

Choice of protocol and parameters affect image

MRI is complex - even intimidating

Past academic curriculum did not include MRI

New modality: Does not lend itself to OJT

Knowledge leads to Confidence

Training and Education Basic Provides fundamental understanding of MRI Forms a good foundation to build MR expertise Applied Essential for proper operation of equipment Training required with new “releases” Board Certification Requires both basic and applied knowledge

Basic

Provides fundamental understanding of MRI

Forms a good foundation to build MR expertise

Applied

Essential for proper operation of equipment

Training required with new “releases”

Board Certification

Requires both basic and applied knowledge

Rewards to Imaging Center Increased understanding of MRI by staff paves way to excellence in imaging result in compliance with quality objectives leads to increased coherence and harmony of goals leads to willingness to take added roles & responsibilities leads to increased confidence in imaging procedures (poor understanding usually produce sub-optimal images) Meet (or exceed) standards of ACR accreditation Attract and retain MR technologists

Increased understanding of MRI by staff

paves way to excellence in imaging

result in compliance with quality objectives

leads to increased coherence and harmony of goals

leads to willingness to take added roles & responsibilities

leads to increased confidence in imaging procedures

(poor understanding usually produce sub-optimal images)

Meet (or exceed) standards of ACR accreditation

Attract and retain MR technologists

Advantages of using APS Substantial teaching experience in MRI and CT Expertise in Medical Imaging and Physics Hands on experience in Imaging and Physics Cost-effective compared to out-of town courses Continuity of relationship with APS/ faculty Opportunity to build on the existing framework APS is attuned to AAPM, RSNA, ASRT and ACR

Substantial teaching experience in MRI and CT

Expertise in Medical Imaging and Physics

Hands on experience in Imaging and Physics

Cost-effective compared to out-of town courses

Continuity of relationship with APS/ faculty

Opportunity to build on the existing framework

APS is attuned to AAPM, RSNA, ASRT and ACR

Rewards to Manufacturer Consider involving GE in this educational endeavor as it Greatly improves product performance Increases customer satisfaction Keeps them involved and increases their exposure Is a multi-pronged approach to influence quality Reduces customer complaints Escalates the knowledge base of the clients Eases the workload of the applications specialist Facilitates the work of the service engineer Marketing benefit to GE: Sponsor of Education

Consider involving GE in this educational endeavor as it

Greatly improves product performance

Increases customer satisfaction

Keeps them involved and increases their exposure

Is a multi-pronged approach to influence quality

Reduces customer complaints

Escalates the knowledge base of the clients

Eases the workload of the applications specialist

Facilitates the work of the service engineer

Marketing benefit to GE: Sponsor of Education

What next Identify resources/ funds In consultation with MRI technologists, select a suitable date weekends are great for this check on our availability Select and reserve location that meets criteria it need not be in the hospital need chairs, desks, pen & paper, lunch, refreshments and AV equipment Announce the course (we can provide a sample) Encourage attendance Optional: Contact the manufacturer to fund this educational endeavor. Are you willing to have a rep visit during course?

Identify resources/ funds

In consultation with MRI technologists, select a suitable date

weekends are great for this

check on our availability

Select and reserve location that meets criteria

it need not be in the hospital

need chairs, desks, pen & paper, lunch, refreshments and AV equipment

Announce the course (we can provide a sample)

Encourage attendance

Optional: Contact the manufacturer to fund this educational endeavor. Are you willing to have a rep visit during course?

Some other things we do well designing new imaging departments and cancer centers specifying equipment, optimum layout and staff requirements shielding design, radiation confinement and radiation safety commissioning new equipment & implementing new procedures initiating new clinical services & training staff enhancing revenue stream & improving the profit margin providing required ongoing medical physics services maintaining a pool of world class physicists at competitive price providing continuing medical education to hospital staff

designing new imaging departments and cancer centers

specifying equipment, optimum layout and staff requirements

shielding design, radiation confinement and radiation safety

commissioning new equipment & implementing new procedures

initiating new clinical services & training staff

enhancing revenue stream & improving the profit margin

providing required ongoing medical physics services

maintaining a pool of world class physicists at competitive price

providing continuing medical education to hospital staff

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