MRI of the Lung (Medical Radiology)

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MRI of the Lung (Medical Radiology)

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During the past decade significant developments have been achieved in the field of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), enabling MRI to enter the clinical arena of chest imaging. Standard protocols can now be implemented on up-to-date scanners, allowing MRI to be used as a first-line imaging modality for various lung diseases, including cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension and even lung cancer. The diagnostic benefits stem from the ability of MRI to visualize changes in lung structure while simultaneously imaging different aspects of lung function, such as perfusion, respiratory motion, ventilation and gas exchange. On this basis, novel quantitative surrogates for lung function can be obtained. This book provides a comprehensive overview of how to use MRI for imaging of lung disease. Special emphasis is placed on benign diseases requiring regular monitoring, given that it is patients with these diseases who derive the greatest benefit from the avoidance of ionizing radiation.

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For a long time, only chest X-ray and CT were used to image lung structure, while nuclear medicine was employed to assess lung function. During the past decade significant developments have been achieved in the field of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), enabling MRI to enter the clinical arena of chest imaging. Standard protocols can now be implemented on up-to-date scanners, allowing MRI to be used as a first-line imaging modality for various lung diseases, including cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension and even lung cancer. The diagnostic benefits stem from the ability of MRI to visualize changes in lung structure while simultaneously imaging different aspects of lung function, such as perfusion, respiratory motion, ventilation and gas exchange. On this basis, novel quantitative surrogates for lung function can be obtained.

This book provides a comprehensive overview of how to use MRI for imaging of lung disease. Special emphasis is placed on benign diseases requiring regular monitoring, given that it is patients with these diseases who derive the greatest benefit from the avoidance of ionizing radiation.

About the Author:

Hans-Ulrich Kauczor is Full Professor and Chairman of Radiology at the University of Heidelberg as well as the Medical Director of the Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology.
He studied Medicine at the Universities of Bonn, Heidelberg and Cologne. He started his Radiology Residency in 1989 at the University Hospital Mainz and received his Habilitation degree as University Lecturer in 1998. From 1996 until 2002 he acted as Assistant Professor for chest radiology at the University Hospital Mainz. In 2003 he became Full Professor for Radiology and lead the Department of Radiology at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg before taking the Chairmanship of Radiology at the University of Heidelberg in 2008.
He was among the first to implement 3Helium MRI in clinical trials. Since then, his group has focused on standard protocols for routine comprehensive proton MRI of lung disease. He has been President of the European Society of Thoracic Imaging in 2011 and the Fleischner Society in 2015.  


Mark Oliver Wielpütz is a Senior Radiologist at the University Hospital of Heidelberg. He studied Medicine at the Universities of Erlangen-Nuremberg and Sydney from 2002 to 2008. Thereafter he took his Residency in the Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology at the University Hospital of Heidelberg. He received his Board Certification in 2014 and the European Diploma in Radiology in 2015. His main research interest is in functional imaging in chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases and cystic fibrosis, and his work helped to introduce lung MRI into routine clinical practice. He received his Habilitation degree as University Lecturer in 2016.


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