Technical Prerequisites

  • Olaf Dietrich
  • Stefan O. Schoenberg
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has the substantial advantage over other imaging modalities that an excellent soft-tissue contrast for assessment of morphology can be combined with evaluation of function and metabolism. Due to the lack of exposure to radiation or iodinated contrast agents, imaging can be multiply repeated and extended to the entire body within a single MR scan. Thus, it is not surprising that whole-body MRI has been discussed since the early beginnings of clinical MRI, and is mentioned, e.g. in articles by Lauterbur (1980), Mansfield et al. (1980), and Edelstein et al. (1980).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Olaf Dietrich
    • 1
  • Stefan O. Schoenberg
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Clinical Radiology, University Hospitals — GrosshadernLudwig-Maximilians-University of MunichMunichGermany
  2. 2.Department of Clinical Radiology, University Hospital Mannheim, Medical Faculty MannheimUniversity of HeidelbergMannheimGermany

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