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Whole-body MRI for the staging and follow-up of patients with metastasis

  • G.P. Schmidt
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    (Department of Clinical Radiology, University Hospitals Grosshadern, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Marchioninistrastr. 15, D-81377 München, Germany). Eur J Radiol 2009;70:393–400.
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  • M.F. Reiser
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    (Department of Clinical Radiology, University Hospitals Grosshadern, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Marchioninistrastr. 15, D-81377 München, Germany). Eur J Radiol 2009;70:393–400.
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  • A. Baur-Melnyk
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    (Department of Clinical Radiology, University Hospitals Grosshadern, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Marchioninistrastr. 15, D-81377 München, Germany). Eur J Radiol 2009;70:393–400.
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      The advent of whole-body MRI (WB-MRI) has introduced tumor imaging with a systemic approach compared to established sequential, multimodal diagnostic algorithms. Hardware innovations, such as the introduction of multi-receiver channel whole-body scanners at 1.5 T and, recently, 3T, combined with acquisition acceleration techniques, have made high-resolution WB-MRI clinically feasible. Now, a dedicated assessment of individual organs with various soft tissue contrast, spatial resolution, and contrast media dynamics can be combined with whole-body anatomic coverage in a multiplanar imaging approach. More flexible protocols, e.g., including T1-weighted TSE- and STIR imaging, dedicated lung imaging, or dynamic contrast-enhanced studies of the abdomen, can be performed within less than 45 min.
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