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PALKÓ András

SEPTEMBER 20, 2005

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2005;15(08-09)

[Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) plays more and more important role in the abdominal imaging diagnostics since fast measurement sequences have become available making it possible to avoid movement artifacts and resulting in better quality and more informative images of the abdominal parenchymal organs and most segments of the gastrointestinal tract. The greatest advantage of MRI is that it is able to create images of adequate geometric resolution and excellent tissue characterization capacity without the use of ionizing radiation and iodinated contrast media. Today MRI is applied mostly in those cases when previous data suggest that computed tomography will not be informative or the results of recent imaging examinations (x-ray, ultrasound, computed tomography) do not provide sufficient diagnosis. Presumably MRI will be used with increasing frequency as the first or single best method of choice in the near future. Beased on these facts in abdominal diagnostics, MRI may be considered as a problem-solving modality which plays an outstanding role in the detection, differential diagnosis, staging and follow-up of many neoplastic and inflammatory lesions.]



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