We live in an era of computationally-powered imaging and value-based medicine, offering opportunities for high-precision, high-accuracy cutting-edge technology that radiology centers will need to stay relevant and maintain meaningful relationships with both clinicians and patients.
Radiology centers must quickly adopt new technology and educate physicians and patients on new tools and clinical applications. With continued declines in reimbursement and rising costs of care, technology that can quickly add value without high cost becomes essential.
When you partner with AMRA, you gain access to an efficient health informatics service using the latest technology in MRI: The AMRA® BCP Scan. It delivers new volumetric analytic capabilities, it appeals to referring physicians, and it gives an opportunity to add cash-based revenue to your practice.
Specifics Matter - the latest research in metabolic disease necessitates precise measures of fat and muscle distribution
How can we predict if someone will get a disease, such as Cardiovascular disease (CVD)? Studies have shown that visceral adipose tissue (VAT) could be the answer. Using AMRA’s BCP (Body Composition Profile) Scan service, you can measure VAT with confidence—helping you meet and exceed the needs of referring physicians as well as improving the health and wellness of your patients.
With the BCP Scan, you can see phenotypes that can help predict incident CVD. Using DHS and UKBB data, we’ve shown that you can identify individuals above or below the 50th percentile for visceral adipose tissue (VAT) and liver fat (LF) – delivered through the BCP Scan report.
View the sample report to see the five volumetric fat and muscle measurements we can quantify with precision and accuracy and how it better informs patient care teams for preventative healthcare.
The AMRA® BCP Scan uses a rapid neck-to-knee MRI protocol that takes less than 10 minutes to perform. It works by integrating our validated BCP protocol for creating an individualized Body Composition Profile (BCP) onto your 1.5T or 3T MRI scanners. The BCP protocol is part of our Profiler 4 health informatics platform, and the acquisition protocol may come loaded automatically on your MRI machine.
Once a patient is scanned at your facility, the images are sent via a secure transfer to AMRA for analysis. Following AMRA’s image analysis, you receive an easy-to-interpret report containing precise body composition measurements. To provide context for the individual patient’s measurements, each value is matched to a virtual control group with similar characteristics such as sex and BMI.
For us at AMRA, our goal is to deliver meaningful, and actionable data. This means our technology needs to be built on MRI: the superior technology platform.
MRI with BCP is more accurate and delivers more precise insights compared with BIA, DXA, and CT. What’s more, MRI is radiation-free unlike CT.
The BCP Scan can be incorporated into a longevity or fitness plan to help individuals assess their health and wellness over time. Periodically measuring fat and muscle volume will support an active lifestyle well into their senior years.
For volumetric quantification of muscle and fat measurements – including muscle volume and muscle fat infiltration.
Monitoring the impact of training on muscle volume (quantity) and muscle fat (quality) may help physicians understand if their patient’s exercise program is working or may need adjustments.
For healthy weight-loss monitoring – is the patient actually losing visceral fat, or only losing subcutaneous fat? Knowing this may motivate healthy lifestyles and encourage individuals to decide when they may need to course-correct.
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