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Radiologia Brasileira

Print version ISSN 0100-3984On-line version ISSN 1678-7099

Abstract

HOCHHEGGER, Bruno et al. Chest magnetic resonance imaging: a protocol suggestion. Radiol Bras [online]. 2015, vol.48, n.6, pp.373-380. ISSN 0100-3984.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/0100-3984.2014.0017.

In the recent years, with the development of ultrafast sequences, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been established as a valuable diagnostic modality in body imaging. Because of improvements in speed and image quality, MRI is now ready for routine clinical use also in the study of pulmonary diseases. The main advantage of MRI of the lungs is its unique combination of morphological and functional assessment in a single imaging session. In this article, the authors review most technical aspects and suggest a protocol for performing chest MRI. The authors also describe the three major clinical indications for MRI of the lungs: staging of lung tumors; evaluation of pulmonary vascular diseases; and investigation of pulmonary abnormalities in patients who should not be exposed to radiation.

Keywords : Magnetic resonance imaging; Lung; Chest; Protocol; Sequences.

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