When physicians receive error messages, they wonder whether or not the MRI scan should be repeated. This is a common question among physicians who perform NeuroQuant MRI procedure for their patients. Well, it is uncommon for patients to need a repeat of MRI scan to produce an accurate NeuroQuant report. Keep in mind that the NeuroQuant software is a highly sophisticated tool. It can successfully process multiple exams.
When a repeat of MRI scan for NeuroQuant is necessary
Some circumstances might actually require a repeat of MRI scan. These include;
- Inaccurate scan parameters
- Patient motion during the scanning process
- In case contrast agents are given to the client before the NeuroQuant series being run
- Other Magnetic Resonance (MR) acquisition image artifacts.
Note that an incorrect landmark can necessitate a repeat of a magnetic resonance imaging scan. According to experts, the landmark must be +-100mm from the patient’s glabella. Instances of incorrect landmark commonly occur whenever a double analysis is performed C-spine and brain. It is essential to re-establish the glabella landmark as an accurate isocenter before the acquisition of a NeuroQuant brain volumetric scan.
When a repeat of MRI scan for NeuroQuant isn’t necessary
Keep in mind that there are situations where repeating the magnetic resonance imaging scan won’t be required. These situations include;
- When the alignment of the patient’s brain to atlas was unsuccessful because the MI was >5 unless there existed significant artifacts or the patient was extremely misaligned in the scanner.
- In case the patient has gross structural abnormalities such as extreme atrophy.
- A situation where the patient has surgical reactions.
- In case the patients have implants and tumors.
Note that 3D T1 sagittal magnetic resonance imaging is required to acquire the ideal brain morphometry for accurate volumetric analysis. To achieve its top-quality segmentation results, the NeuroQuant has been successfully optimized for processing these MRI acquisition sequences in 1.2, 1.5, and event 3.0T scanning machines.
One thing that makes NeuroQuant unique and more reliable is its quality control feature. It contains a data filtering mechanism that offers verification of analysis scanning parameters before initiating processing.
It is a feature that ensures proper processing and preserves the accuracy of the segmentation outcomes. That means it facilitates the accuracy of the brain volume calculation results. Note that NeuroQuant prevents analysis whenever sequences other than 3D T1 are availed for processing to protect the accuracy of the results.
Note that unsupported sequences will definitely generate an error message. For instance, when wrong series or even an entire examination is sent, you are likely to get an error message. Sometimes, when an entire examination is sent instead of the right 3D T1 NeuroQuant scan, the NeuroQuant results will delay and probably multiple error messages will be sent to the PACS.
The bottom line is; NeuroQuant software is meant for use only with the right MRI acquisition sequences. Deviating from the recommended protocols can significantly impact the results and probably get an error message.