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Will fewer MR coils be required in the future?

por Lauren Dubinsky, Senior Reporter | September 14, 2015
From the September 2015 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

The coil can be used on most bariatric patients and also when imaging non-bariatric patients. Its wide diameter is optimal for imaging a flexed or bent knee, which is useful in cases when a patient cannot straighten their legs because of an injury or medical condition. The flexible coils can also be used for this purpose. Beck says that anatomy-specific coils are usually designed to cover 80 to 90 percent of the patient population, but that flexible coils can ,be used on 100 percent of the patient population for any type of anatomical area.

Because of that, facilities don’t lose any revenue since they don’t have to reschedule appointments or send the patients to another facility. A facility may be able to save two to three exams per week at $1,000 each, says Beck.

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Whether flexible coils will replace rigid coils in the future remains to be seen, but the interest in these versatile solutions is continuing to grow. They are cutting costs, consolidating equipment, improving patient comfort, and accommodating larger patients, which is more important than ever in this new era of health care reform.

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