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Feb 25, 2020

  Philips holds its annual scientific and educational meeting for MRI users in Manchester  

MRI users were recently invited to Philips’ annual MRI annual scientific and educational meeting designed to bring together radiologists, radiographers, physicists and MRI service managers from across the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
  Held in Manchester, over one hundred delegates registered for the event, including non-Philips users.  Delegates were offered a packed agenda, featuring talks about the latest techniques in MRI, as well as an opportunity to share experiences with other MRI users

Dawn Phillips Jarrett, Philips UKI Business and Marketing Manager for MRI opened the meeting, welcoming delegates to Manchester.   The proceedings then got underway with the first presentation by users, Aleksandra Kudyk, Deputy Superintendent, MRI Radiographer and Lucy Thorpe Senior MRI Radiographer, from Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, then shared their first experiences of using a Philips Ambition 1.5T.    Based on its new, revolutionary, fully sealed BlueSeal magnet, Ingenia Ambition lets the user experience more productive1 helium-free MR operations.   


This was followed up by Tom Edwards, Proton Pre-treatment Principal Radiographer at The Christie Hospital speaking on the “Difference between diagnostic and therapy MRI”, and how starting from scratch, The Christie developed an MR-sim education and training programme for proton beam radiotherapy service.    Dr. Marianna Telesca, Consultant Breast Radiologist at the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust then spoke on Breast MRI, and Varun Daniel Singh, Lead Cardiac MRI Radiographer from Bupa Cromwell Hospital presented on “Diffusion Prostate 1.5 case study”.    


Ruth Pearson, MRI Clinical Lead Training Facilitator from Cobalt described their experience of Philips Compressed SENSE software one year on, detailing how MSK and routine brain appointment slots have been reduced to twenty minutes and compared to their weekly throughput in the previous year, they are now able to scan an additional seventeen to twenty body parts per week.  The final session before lunch covered by Dr. Elizabeth Loney Associate Director of Radiology and Consultant Radiologist at Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, who spoke on head and neck imaging.


After the lunch break, Dr. Ian Beeton Consultant Cardiologist at Ashford & St. Peter’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust opened proceedings with a review of some cardiac MRI case studies.  Claire Hughes, MRI Modality Lead from University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust then spoke on “Scanwise Implant” and how it has helped them to provide a robust but simple process for the MRI team, no matter what their level of experience, to follow when scanning conditional implants.     The last session before questions and wrap up was taken by Dr. Matthew Clemence, Clinical Scientist at Philips when he posed the question “Machine Learning: Artificial Intelligence or Genuine Hype?”.  


Commenting, Dawn Phillips Jarrett says, “The day was aimed at inspiring and supporting MR professionals to implement new services and solutions for their patients.  We received great feedback from delegates, with over ninety percent of attendees awarding the education event eight out of ten points or above. “  




Back row, left to right, Matthew Clemence, PhD, Senior Clinical Scientist MR, Philips UKI; Ruth Pearson, MRI Clinical Lead Training Facilitator, Cobalt; Claire Hughes, MRI Modality Lead, University Hospitals Birmingham; Dr. Elizabeth Loney, Associate Medical Director & Consultant Radiologist, Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust; Dr. Marianna Telesca, Consultant Breast Radiologist, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust; Lucy Thorpe, Senior MR Radiographer, Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust;.   From Philips UKI - Lynsey Cameron-Clark, Clinical Applications Specialist MR; Jenny Jeffries, Sales Specialist MR and Dawn Phillips Jarrett, Business Marketing Manager, MR


Front row, kneeling, left to right, Jonathan Coupland, Sales Specialist MR, Philips UK; Tom Edwards, Principal Radiographer, The Christie Proton Beam Therapy Centre, and Varun Daniel Singh, Lead Cardiac MRI Radiographer, Bupa Cromwell Hospital

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