The time gain with Compressed SENSE was also used to increase resolution in order to help radiologists identify the tumor characteristics more confidently which may be used for a more personalized treatment. For example, in breast imaging, resolution is crucial for visualization of very small lesions. Compressed SENSE allows to scan thinner slices, allowing a 3D isotropic sequence which can provide increased diagnostic confidence for the radiologists.
“The 3D-THRIVE sequence has proven to be important in providing detailed post-processing data to inform on diagnosis and how we care for the patient,” says Ruth Pearson. “Normally, if you want more detail on an MRI scan, the scan takes longer. Previously we’ve had to balance between getting the detail required and how long the patient can lie still. Now with the Compressed SENSE technology, we can get more detail and scan faster.”