First Experiences with the World’s First MAGNETOM Vida

This review focuses on 8 critical questions regarding gadolinium deposition in the brain and body, with the answers and discussion therein important for future regulatory decisions and clinical practice. [...]

fit-Upgrade: A Success Story

The fit-upgrade for 1.5 and 3T systems remains an economically attractive approach for an aged MR system. By improving system performance and workflow, the number of examinations can be increased, together with improved image quality, with little effort. Download/View PDF [...]

First Experiences with the Whole-Body Dot Engine

Whole-body MRI is beneficial in many clinical scenarios including bone marrow, infectious and rheumatic diseases. The Whole-Body Dot Engine provides fast and robust image quality across all patients, with fewer errors or need for repeated examinations. It ensures that all stations of a multi-station examination are performed with a consistent FOV and spatial resolution while […] [...]

How Breast MRI Changed the Operative Management

MR diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) is no longer just for brain applications. Whole body DWI is becoming a standard application in routine imaging. Whole body DWI has become as valuable as T2 contrast in tumor imaging and it allows characterization of tissue properties. This article provides responses to some of the more frequently asked questions including the background, application, and interpretation of whole body DWI and its calculated Apparent Diffusion Coefficient (ADC) images. [...]

Frequently Asked Questions: Diffusion Weighted Imaging (DWI)

MR diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) is no longer just for brain applications. Whole body DWI is becoming a standard application in routine imaging. Whole body DWI has become as valuable as T2 contrast in tumor imaging and it allows characterization of tissue properties. This article provides responses to some of the more frequently asked questions including the background, application, and interpretation of whole body DWI and its calculated Apparent Diffusion Coefficient (ADC) images. [...]

Whole-Body Oncologic Imaging with syngo TimCT

The article shows that the addition of syngo TimCT functionality makes whole-body MR oncologic evaluation a viable reality. Extended, whole-body anatomic coverage is now possible without off-isocenter artifacts or signal loss. In-plane image quality with the TimCT application is maintained in comparison to conventional MR. Non-breathhold technique did not limit diagnostic quality in the presented patients. Skull-base to upper thigh coverage was achieved in standard imaging times of 30–40 minutes. With the addition of DWI to conventional sequences, functional-anatomic information correlation is possible through the whole-body field of view. TimCT has removed the barriers to whole-body MR evaluation. [...]

Detection and Characterization of Focal Liver Lesions using Respiratory-Triggered Diffusion- Weighted MR Imaging (DWI)

Due to a number of technical challenges, the use of DWI was initially confined to the brain with its low incidence of movement artifacts and the high homogeneity and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of brain tissue. Physiological motion artifacts (e.g. motility of the bowel, cardiac pulsation, respiratory motions) and the heterogeneous composition of many extracranial organs had precluded the application of DWI in body imaging until a series of technologic advances such as the development of echo-planar imaging (EPI), high-gradient amplitudes, multichannel coils and parallel imaging techniques enabled the acquisition of high quality diffusion-weighted images of the body. [...]

syngo BLADE Motion Correction from Head to Toe

BLADE measures and corrects in-plane motion through periodically rotated overlapping parallel lines with enhanced reconstruction. syngo BLADE acquires multiple low resolution data sets and combines them to make one motion free, high quality image. This provides clear images in all slice orientations and body regions such as the head, spine, liver or knee. [...]

MR/PET – Hybrid Imaging for the Next Decade

The clinical potential of combining information derived from MR and PET is evident and has resulted in the development of the world’s first whole-body molecular MR system. Thomas Beyer et al. (Tubingen University Hospital, Germany) describe in their article the history of combining PET with MRI, the rationale to do so, and the challenges that had to be overcome. [...]

TrueForm™ Technology (MAGNETOM Espree)

TrueForm magnet design is an innovation that produces a cylindrically optimized homogeneity volume instead of the conventional elliptical volume. TrueForm RF design includes innovative hardware technology as well as new application and processing features, which ensure uniform RF distribution in all body regions. [...]

Nonsecretory Multiple Myeloma MRI Monitoring of Therapy Response

Multiple myeloma is a malignant hematologic disorder characterized by the infiltration of neoplastic plasma cells into bone marrow. Detection of medullary involvement is best accomplished with the aid of MRI. Visualization of myeloma burden at baseline and during therapy is beneficial for improved patient management and accurate prognostic evaluation. Therefore, whole-body imaging protocols are mandatory, especially for assessment of myeloma infiltration in all bone marrow cavities (medullary involvement) as well as for diagnosis of extramedullary involvement. [...]

Whole-Body MRI for Accurate Assessment of Tumor Load of Bone Metastases Originating from Breast Carcinoma

With breast carcinoma, detection of metastases and estimation of tumor load is of high relevance for patient-individualized therapy regimes. This article presents two cases that show the advantages of MRI for imaging bone metastases originating from breast cancer. In both cases, there was the high clinical suspicion of tumor recurrence with metastastic spread. The patients underwent therefore combined whole- body 18F FDG PET/CT and whole-body MRI for tumor staging with special focus on the brain, liver and bone marrow. [...]

Case Reports: Tumor Detection by Diffusion-Weighted MRI and ADC-Mapping with Correlation to PET/CT Results

Early and accurate estimation of metastatic spread is essential for a patient-adapted, efficient therapy regime. In this context, whole-body and multi-step MRI have already helped to improve the diagnostic accuracy of staging examinations. As a further step, it is known that cancer is also often characterized by higher cellularity and therefore restriction of water diffusion. Diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) with high b-values has therefore been applied to image metastases in order to help improve the diagnostic accuracy of MRI. The working-group of Schlemmer et al., Department of Radiology, University of Tuebingen, Germany, have compared the findings with results of 18F-FDG PET/CT exams. [...]