MR-based full-body preventative cardiovascular and tumor imaging: Technique and preliminary experience

Mathias Goyen*, Susanne C. Goehde, Christoph U. Herborn, Peter Hunold, Florian M. Vogt, Elke R. Gizewski, Thomas C. Lauenstein, Waleed Ajaj, Michael Forsting, Jörg F. Debatin, Stefan G. Ruehm

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Abstract

Recent improvements in hardware and software, lack of side effects, as well as diagnostic accuracy make magnetic resonance imaging a natural candidate for preventative imaging. Thus, the purpose of the study was to evaluate the feasibility of a comprehensive 60-min MR-based screening examination in healthy volunteers and a limited number of patients with known target disease. In ten healthy volunteers (7 men, 3 women; mean age, 32.4 years) and five patients (4 men, 1 woman; mean age, 56.2 years) with proven target disease we evaluated the performance of a comprehensive MR screening strategy by combining well-established organ-based MR examination components encompassing the brain, the arterial system, the heart, the lungs, and the colon. All ten volunteers and five patients tolerated the comprehensive MR examination well. The mean in-room time was 63 min. In one volunteer, insufficient colonic cleansing on the part of the volunteer diminished the diagnostic reliability of MR colonography. All remaining components of the comprehensive MR examination were considered diagnostic in all volunteers and patients. In the five patients, the examination revealed the known pathologies [aneurysm of the anterior communicating artery (n=1), renal artery stenosis (n=1), myocardial infarct (n=1), and colonic polyp (n=2)]. The outlined MR screening strategy encompassing the brain, the arterial system, the heart, the lung, and the colon is feasible. Further studies have to show that MR-based screening programs are cost-effective in terms of the life-years saved.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Radiology
Volume14
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)783-791
Number of pages9
ISSN0938-7994
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01.05.2004

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