MAGNETIC RESONANCE (MR) CUSTOMER PROTOCOL MANAGEMENT BASED ON WEB SERVICES
Publication Date: 2016-Jun-14
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A technique to manage magnetic resonance (MR) customer protocol remotely is disclosed. Managing MR customer protocol includes upload, download, share and upgrade protocol. The technique uses web services or cloud technologies to manage MR customer protocol remotely. A centralized customer protocol management platform is located on separate MR web services or cloud. The web services provide the functions of uploading, downloading, pushing or acquiring and converting protocol.
The present invention relates generally to magnetic resonance (MR) system and more particularly to a technique for managing MR customer protocol remotely.
Generally, protocol files for a magnetic resonance (MR) system define specific sequence and scan parameters. Protocol files are very important for clinical and research application, especially for user defined application or a modified protocol file. However, user protocol files backup, sharing and conversion is not very convenient in a conventional MR system.
A conventional technique includes storing or restoring or sharing MR protocols using a hardware medium, such as, a compact disc (CD) or a digital versatile disc DVD or a universal serial bus (USB) across systems or hospitals or diagnostic centers. In case a user needs back up of self-protocols, the user is required to copy self-protocols into CD or DVD or USB on an MR console system. However, multiple versions are difficult to be saved or restored. Also, there is chance of losing the CD or DVD or USB easily. Further, the conventional technique requires an additional hardware component, such as, the MR console system.
In case a user prefers to share self-protocols between systems or hospitals, the user is required to copy self-protocols into the CD or DVD or USB on the MR console system, and then deliver the MR console system manually. However, the above described approach requires an MR console system and also requires manual delivery of self-protocols.
Figure 1 depicts sharing of protocols between systems or hospitals using copying of protocols in the CD or the DVD or the USB device, followed by manual delivery of the CD or the DVD or the USB device.
In case a new application or system is applied, the user usually requires to re-prepare self-protocols. However, re-preparation of self-protocols requires most of the time to maintain self-protocols. There is no customer protocol convert functionality known in the state of the art that adapts to every application and system.
Therefore, it would be desirable to have a technique to manage MR customer protocol remotely, that includes upload, download, share and upgrade protocol remotely.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS
Figure 1 depicts sharing of protocols between systems or hospitals using copying of protocols in a compact disc (CD) or a digital versatile disc (DVD) or a universal serial bus (USB) device, followed by manual delivery of the CD or the DVD or the USB device.