Multimodality brain tumor imaging: MR imaging, PET, and PET/MR imaging

James R. Fink, Mark Muzi, Melinda Peck, Kenneth Krohn

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Abstract

Standard MR imaging and CT are routinely used for anatomic diagnosis in brain tumors. Pretherapy planning and posttreatment response assessments rely heavily on gadolinium-enhanced MR imaging. Advanced MR imaging techniques and PET imaging offer physiologic, metabolic, or functional information about tumor biology that goes beyond the diagnostic yield of standard anatomic imaging. With the advent of combined PET/MR imaging scanners, we are entering an era wherein the relationships among different elements of tumor metabolism can be simultaneously explored through multimodalityMR imaging and PET imaging. The purpose of this review is to provide a practical and clinically relevant overview of current anatomic and physiologic imaging of brain tumors as a foundation for further investigations, with a primary focus on MR imaging and PET techniques that have demonstrated utility in the current care of brain tumor patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1554-1561
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nuclear Medicine
Volume56
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Brain tumor
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Positron emission tomography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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