Chair for Computer Aided Medical Procedures & Augmented Reality
Lehrstuhl für Informatikanwendungen in der Medizin & Augmented Reality

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M. Souvatzoglou, M. Eiber, A. Martinez-Möller, S. Fürst, K. Holzapfel, T. Maurer, S. I. Ziegler, S. Nekolla, M. Schwaiger, A. Beer
PET/MR in prostate cancer: technical aspects and potential diagnostic value
European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging 2013;Epub ahead of print (bib)

PET/MR is a new multimodal imaging technique that is expected to improve diagnostic performance of imaging in conditions in which assessment of changes in soft tissue is important such as prostate cancer. Despite substantial changes in PET technology compared to PET/CT, initial studies have demonstrated that integrated PET/MR provides comparable image quality to that of PET/CT, retaining PET quantification efficacy. In this review we briefly describe technological changes compared to PET/CT that made integrated PET/MR possible, propose acquisition protocols for evaluation of prostate cancer with this new multimodal approach, present initial results concerning the application of PET/MR in prostate cancer, and outline the potential for further clinical applications, focusing on potential incremental value compared to present diagnostic performance.
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