MRI protocols

Last revised by Amanda Er on 19 Aug 2023

MRI protocols are a combination of various MRI sequences, designed to optimally assess a particular region of the body and/or pathological process.

There are some general principles of protocol design for each area. However, the specifics of a protocol are dependent on MRI hardware and software, radiologist's and referrer's preference, patient factors (e.g. allergy) and time constraints.

The implementation of protocols has 3 chief purposes:

  • maximizing diagnostic quality

  • delivery of consistency in scan quality

  • efficient and effective radiology service delivery

It is also good practice to review departmental or institutional protocols on a regular basis.


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