New MRI System Offers Specific Extremity Focus

Danielle Chicano, Editorial Associate

A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system can be a useful diagnostic tool for a variety of conditions. Accordingly, a MRI system that is compact and tailored specifically for extremities may provide an especially valuable diagnostic option for podiatrists.

   Fortunately, Esaote has developed the O-scan, which it calls the “new outstanding MRI for extremities the world has been waiting for.”

   According to the company, the O-scan’s open design and user-friendly features provide comfort, quality and efficiency to both patient and practitioner. Patients will feel comfortable with the O-scan, thanks to its unique ergonomics and design, explains the manufacturer.

   The O-scan offers a very compact magnet, a comfortable patient chair and covers all limbs and joints including the ankle and the foot, notes Esaote. The company adds that this easy-to-use machine requires only 90 square feet of space to install.

   Walter Strash, DPM, attests to the compact size and easy installation of the unit, which he has been using in his practice since 2012.

   "The unit did not require any special construction when installing,” explains Dr. Strash. “The Esaote MRI fit through the frame of the doors in our office for installation. This was a big consideration when we purchased the machine.”

   Dr. Strash says that the company provided training and the staff learned the system quickly. Additionally, the turnaround is very efficient and cost-effective, notes Dr. Strash, who is in private practice in San Antonio.

   “We are able to schedule MRIs for our own patients much more efficiently than sending those patients out to an imaging center,” says Dr. Strash. “On many days, we can schedule an MRI for our patients for the next day and have our reports from the radiologist back within 48 hours.”

   The physician can then scan the report from the radiologist directly into the MRI machine and burn discs to take to the operating room or distribute to patients, adds Dr. Strash.

   For cases of diabetic foot ulcers and possible osteomyelitis, Dr. Strash notes that he is able to schedule a MRI for the same day and follow up within 24 hours to discuss the results with the patient and plan surgery accordingly.

   “This is very helpful in preventing further infection and helping the patient recover in an expeditious manner,” says Dr. Strash, who is board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery.

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