German Heart Institute installs new Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance training facility with Philips equipment

Berlin 30 July 2001Philips Medical Systems, a division of Royal Philips Electronics, has agreed to provide an Intera CV cardiovascular magnetic resonance system to the CMR Academy, a new cardiovascular training facility in Berlin, Germany. Philips will equally provide the CMR Academy with an EasyVision workstation for image viewing, archiving, and processing. The CMR Academy was founded in July 2001 by the prestigious German Heart Institute or GHI, the Deutsches Herz Zentrum, in collaboration with the German Cardiologists Society. The CMR Academy will offer multi-disciplinary training and education in cardiovascular MR for those working in the areas of radiology, cardiology, and nuclear medicine. The GHI is a member of Philips' worldwide network of Clinical Research Partners in Cardiology.

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The Intera CV will be linked to a seminar room to give participants on-line access to the examination and operator's rooms, thus providing maximum hands-on experience in image acquisition, processing, and analysis. All PC workstations used by participants will have Philips' Netview Internet software to connect to the EasyVision workstation for direct access to on- and off-line case studies. The CMR Academy offers practical and theoretical education consistent with the recommendations of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) and their guidelines for CMR accreditation.

Joe Nagle, business segment director Cardiovascular MR at Philips Medical Systems, stated: "We see a high number of training requests, clearly indicating that CMR has left the research arena. There are strong links between traditional MR users in radiology and those involved in the diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases in cardiology or nuclear medicine. We are proud that the German Heart Institute has chosen a Philips Intera CV MR system, and equally proud to be associated with their initiative in launching the Academy."

The trainees are invited to intervene directly in the examination progress. Exercises at a unique simulation console, equipped with a complete scanner surface, but without the actual scanner, allow the trainees to generate their own experiences. At different post-scan analysis workstations, the trainees can create examination reports. Furthermore, they are able to review in-depth the learning material that is provided by the CMR team with the aid of the academy's extensive database.

Cardiovascular MR is an emerging technology that offers clinicians a significant opportunity to enhance the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of cardiovascular disease. In addition to the outstanding image quality, CMR is a non-invasive procedure. This allows for much faster cardiovascular evaluations by clinicians while offering patients shorter and simpler procedures. Further information about training courses or other aspects concerning CMR training can be found on the Web site of the CMR Academy at the German Heart Institute.


Leslie Versweyveld

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