MRI of the thorax – an update

Author(s): Edwin J R van Beek, Andrew J Swift, Jim M Wild

Hospital: University of Edinburgh, University of Sheffield

Reference: RAD Magazine, 42, 493, 22-24


Chest radiology traditionally consists of plain chest x-rays and computed tomography examinations, or so it was a decade ago. New modalities and developments in techniques now require a more comprehensive functional and structural approach to imaging the chest, which should include assessment of all its contents (the term is cardiothoracic radiology) as well as application of PETCT, MRI and, in the future, MRPET. This review addresses the potential clinical indications for MRI, as currently available to most radiology departments, as well as some future directions with clinical potential currently being evaluated in research.

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