Narrator: This is Science Today. The ability of an imaging technologist to log on to a computer and operate an MRI machine by remote control has the potential to help facilities or regions with limited medical staff and expertise. UCLA and Siemens Medical Solutions have developed such a remote-controlled software program. Dr. Paul Finn, a professor of radiological sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, says remote-controlled MRI scans can also be used for training purposes.
Finn: I think it would be a wonderful tool for training because as implemented, all the processes that the remote operator performs are visible to the technologist at the machine. It's like they're sharing the console, so it's like seeing this done live and if someone sees this a sufficient number of times, then they learn it.
Narrator: A proof-of-concept study was successful, but Finn says more studies need to be done.
Finn: One would hope that within a year or two, it would start to be more disseminated.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.