Comprehensive MRI-Based Staging of Rectal Cancer. Beneficial Combination of Local High- Resolution Imaging and a Moving-Table Platform for Simultaneous Detection of Metastasis

MRI is known to be the pivotal staging tool for locally advanced rectal cancer. Important advantages include that the extent of mesorectal infiltration can be evaluated, as well as the resection margin. Prof. Schaefer’s imaging protocol includes pelvic and upper abdominal DWI and local DCE-MRI to better characterize early response to neoadjuvant chemoradiation.

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