Abdominal Imaging

, Volume 40, Issue 6, pp 1366–1373 | Cite as

Practical guide for implementing hybrid PET/MR clinical service: lessons learned from our experience

  • Nainesh Parikh
  • Kent P. Friedman
  • Shetal N. Shah
  • Hersh ChandaranaEmail author


Positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging, until recently, have been performed on separate PET and MR systems with varying temporal delay between the two acquisitions. The interpretation of these two separately acquired studies requires cognitive fusion by radiologists/nuclear medicine physicians or dedicated and challenging post-processing. Recent advances in hardware and software with introduction of hybrid PET/MR systems have made it possible to acquire the PET and MR images simultaneously or near simultaneously. This review article serves as a road-map for clinical implementation of hybrid PET/MR systems and briefly discusses hardware systems, the personnel needs, safety and quality issues, and reimbursement topics based on experience at NYU Langone Medical Center and Cleveland Clinic.


PET/MR Hybrid PET/MR Clinical implementation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nainesh Parikh
    • 1
  • Kent P. Friedman
    • 1
  • Shetal N. Shah
    • 2
  • Hersh Chandarana
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyNew York University Langone Medical CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Abdominal Imaging and Nuclear RadiologyCleveland ClinicClevelandUSA

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