Stellenwert neuer MR-Techniken in der MR-PET

Translated title of the contribution: Value of new MR techniques in MR-PET

U. I. Attenberger, H. H. Quick, A. Guimaraes, O. Catalano, J. N. Morelli, S. O. Schoenberg

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The unparalleled soft tissue contrast of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and the functional information obtainable with 18-F fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) render MR-PET well-suited for oncological and psychiatric imaging. The lack of ionizing radiation with MRI also makes MR-PET a promising modality for oncology patients requiring frequent follow-up and pediatric patients. Lessons learned with PET computed tomography (CT) over the last few years do not directly translate to MR-PET. For example, in PET-CT the Hounsfield units derived from CT are used for attenuation correction (AC). As 511 keV photons emitted in PET examinations are attenuated by the patient's body CT data are converted directly to linear attenuation coefficients (LAC); however, proton density measured by MRI is not directly related to the radiodensity or LACs of biological tissue. Thus, direct conversion to LAC data is not possible making AC more challenging in simultaneous MRI-PET scanning. In addition to these constraints simultaneous MRI-PET acquisitions also improve on some solutions to well-known challenges of hybrid imaging techniques, such as limitations in motion correction. This article reports on initial clinical experiences with simultaneously acquired MRI-PET data, focusing on the potential benefits and limitations of MRI with respect to motion correction as well as metal and attenuation correction artefacts.

Translated title of the contributionValue of new MR techniques in MR-PET
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)1118-1124
Number of pages7
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Attenuation correction
  • Functional imaging
  • Metal artefacts
  • Morphological information
  • Motion artefacts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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