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Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Kidney Cancer

  • E. Scott Pretorius
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)

4.5 Conclusion

Magnetic resonance imaging is a powerful and versatile tool for single-modality evaluation of potential renal malignancies. A well-planned and executed high-field MR imaging examination can simultaneously detect and characterize a renal neoplasm. Multiphasic post-contrast imaging can generate MRA/MRV/MRU data sets with which, after post-processing, the radiologist can characterize the renal vasculature and stage the tumor. Magnetic resonance imaging also has an important role to play in helping clinicians to select the proper therapy for a renal tumor and in evaluating the patient following therapy. Ongoing advances in MR imaging, including the development of new pulse sequences, the increased availability of whole-body 3-T scanners, and the growing practicality of parallel imaging techniques will likely expand the role of MR imaging in imaging patients with known or suspected renal malignancies.

Keywords

Renal Cell Carcinoma Inferior Vena Cava Partial Nephrectomy Tumor Thrombus Magn Reson Image 
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  • E. Scott Pretorius
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  1. 1.MRI Section, Department of RadiologyUniversity of Pennsylvania Medical CenterPhiladelphiaUSA

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