Magnetom Espree & VCG
At Pacific Breast Care, we have the best diagnostic and interventional equipment for breast imaging on the market, including the Magnetom Espree. This MRI has a bore diameter of 70 centimeters and a system length of only 1.25 meters, all of this with a field strength of 1.5 Tesla. In a breast MRI, patients need to lay prone within the magnet for the length of the procedure. The additional room afforded by the 70-centimeter bore and the short length of the magnet itself provides not only a much more comfortable experience, but also allows patients with different physiques access to a breast MRI examination. To get the highest quality images, in addition to an MRI, it is necessary to use a dedicated breast coil. There are several variations on the market today, and after very careful evaluation, our physicians decided the best choice for their patients was the Sentinelle Vanguard Breast coil. The Sentinelle Vanguard uses a unique technology called Variable Coil Geometry (VCG), which allows the best image quality for every patient, regardless of breast size or physique.
For interventional procedures in the MR suite, the VCG technology allows us to target lesions in all areas of the breast, including the posterior regions using either a medial or lateral approach. In addition to the RF technology, the frame of the Sentinelle Vanguard coil was designed to allow the patient to remain still during the MR procedure, whether for diagnostic or interventional procedures.
As an example of the synergy between the Magnetom Espree, the Sentinelle Vanguard Breast coil and the staff at Pacific Care Center, we have provided two case studies below.