Getting to the heart of cardiovascular MRI

Healthcare News | 2012-09-12


The Royal Bournemouth Hospital in the United Kingdom regularly attracts physicians curious about the Cardiac DotTM Engine, which is revolutionizing the way cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) procedures are carried out – not in the least because medical professionals there helped develop it.

Dot stands for “day optimizing throughput,” and the title describes exactly what the software does. It provides a smooth workflow to achieve top-notch results in a shorter period of time. CMR is more complex than other MRI tests, and up until now, technologists have customarily performed a series of labor-intensive procedures to make it work. Today, because the Cardiac Dot Engine helps to handle the complexity of CMR, the Royal Bournemouth Hospital can do three examinations in a two-hour slot, up from two under the old system. Therefore, patients now only need to wait two weeks for an appointment instead of the previous eight weeks.

Russell Bull, Consultant Radiologist, Royal Bournemouth Hospital, UK

A mutually beneficial partnership

A few years ago, the Royal Bournemouth Hospital’s need to increase patient throughput became the focus of its cooperation with Siemens in order to improve a prototype of the Cardiac Dot Engine. Throughout the development process, a steady stream of comments flowed between the partners. “A lot of things needed to be tweaked,” notes Russell Bull, a Consultant Radiologist at the hospital. After a couple of years, Siemens had fine-tuned a product that could be customized and personalized according to each patient’s characteristics and needs.


Naysayers claim that their old-school approach, a painstaking, hands-on modus operandi, provides results superior to those attained via the software. “They get incandescent when I say we can do it quickly and easily,” says Bull.

The bottom line is that the Cardiac Dot Engine makes the CMR examination more efficient and productive. And medical professionals display more confidence in the results. “This is called progress,” said Bull. “This is disruptive technology.”

Key Benefits

  • Improved workflow in CMR testing
  • Increased patient throughput
  • Time savings for patients and medical staff
  • Customization for each patient’s characteristics and needs

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1 The outcomes achieved by the Siemens customers described herein were achieved in the customer's unique setting. Since there is no "typical" hospital and many variables exist (e.g. hospital size, case mix, level of IT adoption) there can be no guarantee that others will achieve the same results.

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