MRI of the lung (2/3). Why … when … how?

J. Biederer, M. Beer, W. Hirsch, J. Wild, M. Fabel, M. Puderbach, Edwin van Beek

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Background

Among the modalities for lung imaging, proton magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been the latest to be introduced into clinical practice. Its value to replace X-ray and computed tomography (CT) when radiation exposure or iodinated contrast material is contra-indicated is well acknowledged: i.e. for paediatric patients and pregnant women or for scientific use. One of the reasons why MRI of the lung is still rarely used, except in a few centres, is the lack of consistent protocols customised to clinical needs.

Methods

This article makes non-vendor-specific protocol suggestions for general use with state-of-the-art MRI scanners, based on the available literature and a consensus discussion within a panel of experts experienced in lung MRI.

Results

Various sequences have been successfully tested within scientific or clinical environments. MRI of the lung with appropriate combinations of these sequences comprises morphological and functional imaging aspects in a single examination. It serves in difficult clinical problems encountered in daily routine, such as assessment of the mediastinum and chest wall, and even might challenge molecular imaging techniques in the near future.

Conclusion

This article helps new users to implement appropriate protocols on their own MRI platforms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-371
Number of pages17
JournalInsights into Imaging
Volume3
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2012

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