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FAQ

These are the most common questions we receive at AMRA Medical. If you don’t find the answer you are looking for, please contact us via the form above.

1. What service does AMRA offer?
AMRA is the first in the world to offer an automated, cloud-based service where MR images are analyzed for precise, standardized, 3D volumetric fat and muscle composition. MR images are acquired using a rapid whole-body or neck-to-knee protocol, available to all imaging sites with modern GE, Siemens, or Philips machines. De-identified images are then transferred to AMRA for analysis and quality control and are returned in a variety of output options.
2. Is AMRA’s technology validated?
AMRA’s technology and methods have been validated both internally and by external parties. All references are available online (www.amramedical.com/publications-references). Target references include: • Karlsson, A., et al., Automatic and quantitative assessment of regional muscle volume by multi-atlas segmentation using whole-body water-fat MRI. J Magn Reson Imaging, 2014. • Borga, M., et al., Validation of a fast method for quantification of intra-abdominal and subcutaneous adipose tissue for large scale human studies. NMR Biomed, 2015. 28(12): p.1747-53 • Dahlqvist Leinhard, O., et al. Quantitative abdominal fat estimation using MRI. in Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR). 2008. • West, J., et al., Feasibility of MR-Based Body Composition Analysis in Large Scale Population Studies. PLoS One, 2016. 11(9): p. e0163332. • Middleton, MS., et al., Quantifying Abdominal Adipose Tissue and Thigh Muscle Volume and Hepatic Proton Density Fat Fraction: Repeatability and Accuracy of an MR Imaging-based, Semiautomated Analysis Method. Radiology, 2017 Mar 9:160606. doi: 10.1148/radiol.2017160606.
3. Who is using AMRA’s technology?
AMRA’s primary areas of use include clinical trials, academic research, and health & wellness centers.
4. What measurements does AMRA have available to me?
Two services are available, depending on whether the aim is clinical or research use. AMRA® Profiler – clinical service measurements (CE Marked, FDA Cleared) Visceral Adipose Tissue (VAT) Abdominal Subcutaneous Adipose Tissue (ASAT) Liver Fat Muscle Fat Infiltration (MFI) Lean Thigh Muscle Volume AMRA® Researcher – research service measurements Visceral Adipose Tissue (VAT) Abdominal Subcutaneous Adipose Tissue (ASAT) Liver Fat Muscle Fat Infiltration (MFI) Lean Thigh Muscle Volume
5. Do I need to install anything?
No software needs to be installed at the scanning facility since the image analysis is cloud-based. It is required that the correct scanning protocol instructions are installed on the MRI machine.
6. Will AMRA® MR protocols work on my machine?
Please explore our Get Set Up page (https://www.amramedical.com/get-set-up), where you can download our Service Requirements document. We support all modern 1.5T and 3T GE, Siemens, and Philips MR machines, and this document will specify the software versions needed. After you have confirmed that we can support you, please contact us at BD@amramedical.com.
7. Does this protocol work for every study that will be run on this machine?
We have developed standard protocols that work for most studies. However, there may be instances in which the questions of the study or the patient population included, require additional support from our technical team. Please contact info@amramedical.com to get further information regarding your study needs.
8. How are my images transferred from the scan to AMRA?
Our image transfer solution is delivered by Siemens and AMBRA Healthcare. Both are secure, web uploader-based transfer services that perform de-identification of PHI prior to transmission.
9. What do I get as final output from the service?
Standard results are individual PDF reports. Depending on the products and your needs, output can be presented in PDF reports, Microsoft Excel sheets, group study data, and MP4 films.
10. What can I say to my patients if a measurement is outside the normal range?
Our individual reports provide reference information relating to biomarkers included in the report. The intended use of the device is to provide information assisting the researcher or clinician with interpretation, this should never be done solely based on the MR biomarkers but also including other clinical data and investigations by the clinician.
11. What is the intended use of the AMRA® Profiler service?
Our clinical service, AMRA® Profiler, is CE Marked for the classification and quantification of global and regional fat volumes, fat fractions and lean tissue volumes in comparison to normal ranges, using magnetic resonance (MR) data acquired with the Dixon water-fat imaging method. The measurement results are intended to assist in the diagnosis and monitoring of metabolic diseases, muscle diseases and metabolic components of diseases in a general population. The medical device is solely to be used by trained professionals, qualified and certified by AMRA Medical. The measurement results are delivered in the form of a report providing information for physician’s evaluation. AMRA® Profiler is also FDA Cleared and soon available in USA. AMRA® Profiler is indicated for use as a magnetic resonance diagnostic device software application for non-invasive fat and muscle evaluation that enables the generation, display and review of 2D magnetic resonance medical image data. AMRA Profiler is designed to utilize DICOM 3.0 compliant magnetic resonance image datasets, acquired from compatible MR Systems, to display the internal structure of the body including the liver. Other physical parameters derived from the images may also be produced. AMRA Profiler provides a number of quantification tools, such as Region of Interest (ROI) placements, to be used for the assessment of regions of an image to quantify liver tissue characteristics, including the determination of fat fraction in the liver, T2* and muscle volume. These images and the physical parameters derived from the images, when interpreted by a trained clinician, yield information that may assist in diagnosis.
12. What is the intended use of the AMRA® Researcher Service?
AMRA® Researcher is a product for classification and quantification of global and regional fat volumes, fat fractions and lean tissue volumes in comparison to normal ranges, using magnetic resonance (MR) data acquired with the Dixon water-fat imaging method. The device is solely to be used by trained professionals, qualified and certified by AMRA Medical. The measurements results should only be used for research purposes. For research use only. Not for diagnostic purposes.
13. How long does it take to get the results?
Our standard deliveries are normally provided within 5 business days. In certain cases, more rapid deliveries are available within a 24-hour timeframe. Please contact your Business Development representative for further information: BD@amramedical.com.
14. How long time does AMRA’s protocol require to perform a whole-body scan?
This is dependent upon the MR system being used, the experience of the technicians, and the measurement aims from our analysis. However, our standard BCP (body composition profile) protocol takes approximately 6 minutes.
15. How much does it cost?
Cost is dependent upon the number of sites, scans, measurements, and delivery outputs. Costs do not include separate charges from the facility where the scanning is being performed. Please contact our Business Development representatives to receive a quotation: BD@amramedical.com.
16. Do you offer free trials?
There is no trial version available, but if you are interested in trying our service, please contact our Business Development team at BD@amramedical.com
17. Can I get a discount on a service package?
Contact BD@amramedical for more information on our pricing structure and models.
18. In which regions is the product approved and regulated for clinical usage?
We are CE-marked in EU and available in Sweden, Germany and United Kingdom for clinical use. We also have FDA clearance and will soon be available in the USA.
19. How is the private health information of my patients protected?
All personal health information is removed during the upload of images to AMRA.
20. What happens if there are incidental findings during the scanning?
AMRA is in no way providing medical care or clinical diagnosis and is not liable to report or identify any incidental findings from the obtained images.
21. How can I place an order?
To get a quote or place an order, use our Get a Quote page or contact our Business Development team at BD@amramedical.com
22. Who do I call if I have questions about a specific study or project?
For information related to a new project, please contact our Business Development team at BD@amramedical.com. For questions related to an ongoing study, please contact support@amramedical.com.
23. Who do I call if I have technical questions?
You can create a support case on our support page and our technical support will get in contact with you.
24. Who do I call for invoicing problems?
Please contact invoice@amramedical.com
25. Who do I call if I want to apply for a job?
Please contact jobs@amramedical.com.