Multiple sclerosis (MS) follow-up leads to millions of brain MRI scans around the world. Depending on the number and size of inflammatory lesions, comparing successive exams to assess dissemination in time can be a challenging and lengthy process.
In our radiology center, FLAIR image fusion for follow-up in multiple sclerosis patients is now an indispensable tool in clinical routine. FLAIR fusion is easily achievable using syngo.via postprocessing software. The technique is very easy to implement and is cost-effective. It allows for faster and more precise patient care, and increases the number of new lesions detected.
Other clinical applications are also possible, in particular for following FLAIR hyperintensity in microvascular microangiopathy, systemic diseases, or the extent of the edema surrounding expansive brain lesions.
This article describes FLAIR image fusion with syngo.via, and highlights the benefits in terms of new lesion detection capacity and interpretation time saving, compared to conventional frame-by-frame 3D FLAIR comparison.
These 6 videos show our workflow using a 1.5T MAGNETOM Aera with syngo.MR E11 software and the 20-channel Head coil. Postprocessing was performed using syngo.via VB10 software.