It’s no secret that cardiovascular disease has reached epidemic proportions in this country. More than 7% of American adults are diagnosed with the condition[i], it continues to distance itself as the leading cause of death in the country (almost 383,000 annually[ii]), and a steep rise is projected for decades to come.[iii] Other socioeconomic factors, such as the dramatic increase in COVID-induced myocarditis and pericarditis cases – best diagnosed using cardiac MRI (CMR) – further complicate timely access to this critical imaging technology.
Given these staggering statistics, and the ever-increasing evidence supporting CMR as the gold standard for cardiac diagnostics[iv], one would expect the heart to be one of the leading anatomies evaluated using MRI scanners. Yet today only 2% of MRI scans are for cardiac-related illness.[v]
This case study
Revisits the reasons why CMR is vastly underutilized today,
Offers an overview of current challenges experienced by a large and overly burdened CMR program at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA,
Details the rationale for and methods applied in a clinical adaptation study using Vista.ai’s One Click MRI™ performed by Dr. Raymond Kwong, Director, Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, AND
Summarizes Dr. Kwong’s clinical findings, with positive impacts on clinician workflow, MRI scanner throughput, patient comfort and convenience, as well as implications for improved access to CMR technology and health outcomes.