Introduction

  • Gustav Konrad von Schulthess

Abstract

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has rapidly evolved from its first experimental clinical trials in 1980 to become a method that is used routinely and that is the primary modality for diagnosing such diseases as cerebral tumors and many musculoskeletal disorders such as avascular necrosis of the hip. In general, imaging the morphology of nonmoving parts of the human body is no longer a challenge to MRI. However, in the chest and the abdomen, where non suppressible, physiologic motion prevails, MRI still has to prove its advantages. Despite this, there is little doubt that MRI will be a very useful imaging method also in the chest and the abdomen. The advantages of MRI result from the versatility of the nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) phenomenon, and this versatility is only now beginning to be explored for imaging purposes. There are two important qualities of MRI in addition to its high spatial resolution that are likely to dominate future developments.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gustav Konrad von Schulthess
    • 1
  1. 1.Departement Medizinische RadiologieUniversitätsspital ZürichZürichSwitzerland

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