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Remote-Controlled MRI Scans

Narrator: This is Science Today. Radiologists at UCLA and engineers at Siemens Medical Solutions have developed software that enables off-site imaging experts to operate MRI scans of patients by remote-control. Dr. Paul Finn, chief of diagnostic cardiovascular imaging at UCLA says the program provides access to specialized MRI skills wherever they are needed.

Finn: The advantages are potentially if you have a limited number of very specialized technologists and let's say they are on call or they want to provide help or input to technologists elsewhere on campus or potentially elsewhere in the country or on the planet somewhere - then they can do that by logging on and joining the local technologist online. It's a little bit like having online help on your computer.

Narrator: The UCLA study found that the quality of the remote scans was superior to onsite scans by a less experienced technologist.

Finn: This reflected the greater experience of the remote control operator in these cases.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.