Published on August 27, 2014
What is an MRI/PET scan? MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. PET stands for Positron Emission Tomography. Together, MRI/PET combines the two, performing both an MRI and a PET scan all at the same time. MRI/PET scans produce extremely detailed information about the organs, tissues and structures within the body to help better treat cancer, Alzheimer’s, and many other diseases. Patients who are scheduled for a PET/CT Since MRI/PET combines the strength of a 3 Tesla magnet with the best resolution PET scanner in the industry, it can replace PET/CT to better detect, stage and treat disease. Patients who are concerned about radiation exposure MRI/PET eliminates the CT radiation exposure from PET/CT. (Equivalent to 100 chest x-rays) Patients who want to save time Two scans in one decreases acquisition time and office visits compared to MRI and PET separately. Indications for MRI/PET Bone Tumors Brain Tumors Breast Cancer Cervical Cancer Colorectal Cancer Endometrial Cancer Esophageal Cancer Germ Cell Tumors Hepatic Tumors Head & Neck Kidney Liver Lung Children & Adults with Neurological Disorders Patients with Heart Disease Lymphoma Melanoma Myeloma Neuroblastoma Neuroendocrine Tumors Ovarian Cancer Pancreatic Cancer Prostate Cancer Sarcoma Soft Tissue Tumors Testicular Cancer Thyroid Cancer Uterine Cancer Children & Adults with Cancer Brain Tumors Dementia/Neurodegenerative Disease Epilepsy Brain Activation Studies (e.g. Parkinson’s Disease) Myocardial Viability Myocarditis/Sarcoidosis Cardiac Tumors Who should get an MRI/PET scan?