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Workflow and Scan Protocol Considerations for Integrated Whole-Body PET/MRI in Oncology.
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PMID:  22879079     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Integrated PET/MRI systems open exciting possibilities for clinical and research applications. However, compared with PET/CT, PET/MRI is a complex technique resulting in new problems and challenges, especially regarding workflow, scan protocols, and data analysis. This complexity applies in particular to examinations in oncology with partial- or whole-body coverage extending over several bed positions. Unlike diagnostic PET/CT, for which the clinical CT protocols can largely be copied from stand-alone CT, the design of a diagnostic MRI protocol for partial- or whole-body coverage is more complex and has to be adapted to the special requirements of PET/MRI to be both time-efficient and comprehensive. Here, we describe basic considerations concerning workflow, imaging protocols, and image analysis for whole-body PET/MRI in oncology, based on our experience with the first integrated PET/MRI scanner. The aim is to fully and optimally make use of the combined PET/MRI measurements in oncology, including identifying and reducing image artifacts as well as optimizing workflow beyond the mere fusion of 2 image datasets.
Axel Martinez-Möller; Matthias Eiber; Stephan G Nekolla; Michael Souvatzoglou; Alexander Drzezga; Sibylle Ziegler; Ernst J Rummeny; Markus Schwaiger; Ambros J Beer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-8-9
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of nuclear medicine : official publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1535-5667     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Nucl. Med.     Publication Date:  2012 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-8-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0217410     Medline TA:  J Nucl Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Nuclear Medicine, Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany; and.
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