Three-dimensional volumetric interpolated breath-hold MR imaging for whole-body tumor staging in less than 15 minutes: a feasibility study

Thomas C Lauenstein, Susanne C Goehde, Christoph U Herborn, Wiebke Treder, Stefan G Ruehm, Jörg F Debatin, Jörg Barkhausen
AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology 2002, 179 (2): 445-9

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of our study was to evaluate the feasibility and accuracy of three-dimensional (3D) volumetric interpolated breath-hold whole-body MR imaging using CT and nuclear medicine techniques as the standard of reference in patients with metastases.

CONCLUSION: The 3D volumetric interpolated breath-hold whole-body MR imaging examination for metastases screening correlates well with CT and scintigraphy. The use of the rolling table platform permits rapid whole-body imaging in an average of 11 min. The preliminary results indicate that the described technique has the potential to emerge as an all-encompassing alternative to conventional multimodality tumor staging strategies.

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