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Combined PET/MRI: a new dimension in whole-body oncology imaging?

  • Gerald AntochEmail author
  • Andreas Bockisch
Article

Abstract

Introduction

Hybrid imaging systems providing morphological and functional data in a single session have been available for oncological imaging for some time. So far, computed tomography (CT) has been the morphological method-of-choice for inclusion into these hybrid imaging systems. However, recently, research has focused on hardware-based fusion of function with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) rather than CT.

Objectives

Now that the first head-only positron emission tomography (PET)/MRI systems have been installed and whole-body systems are to be expected in the near future, potential indications in clinical oncology have to be addressed.

Discussion

This article discusses potential indications of PET/MRI in whole-body oncology imaging. Potential advantages and disadvantages compared with currently available hybrid imaging systems will be reviewed.

Keywords

PET MRI Whole-body oncology imaging 

Notes

Conflict of interest

There are no conflicts of interest for any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and NeuroradiologyUniversity Hospital Essen, University at Duisburg-EssenEssenGermany
  2. 2.Department of Nuclear MedicineUniversity Hospital Essen, University at Duisburg-EssenEssenGermany

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