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Whole Body MRI & PET/MR 2021 21 Oct 2021

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This virtual event focused on two aspects of MRI - Whole-body PET and simultaneous MRI and Whole-body MRI. Please see further details on the topics covered below.

Whole-body PET with 18F-FDG forms part of national and international recommendations for staging patients with cancer and monitoring progress after treatment. Contemporary PET/CT protocols consist of vertex to mid-thigh field of view with CT and PET acquired sequentially. Both a low- and high-resolution CT are acquired for attenuation correction and anatomical localisation, respectively. Tumour metabolism information is the displayed in standardised uptake value maps superimposed on to the high-resolution CT images for the purposes of clinical reporting. However, with the development of commercial hybrid PET/MRI scanners some decade or so ago, these PET images can now be married-up with WB-MRI protocols which include diffusion-weighted MRI and Dixon MRI, to provide complementary morphological and tissue structure whole-body imaging for assessment. In this talk we discussed the indications for simultaneous PET/MRI, and describe some protocols and the physical principles of PET with MR attenuation correction maps, and discuss the clinical interpretation of PET/MRI for patients with metastatic disease.


Educational aims:

  1. Discuss current status for use of PET/MRI in oncological applications.
  2. Understand how to set up PET/MRI protocols, including common artefacts and pitfalls.
  3. Understand physical principles of Dixon (fat/water) imaging in relation to attenuation correction maps required for reconstruction of PET images.
  4. Understand how to interpret findings in PET/MRI.


  • Professor Martin Graves, Professor of MR Physics, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Jessica Winfield, Clinical Scientist
  • Dr Christina Messiou, Consultant Radiologist, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and Institute of Cancer Research, London
  • Dr Anna Barnes, Medical Physicist - Imaging, King’s College London
  • Dr Simon Wan, Consultant Nuclear Medicine physician, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

3 CPD credit

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Duration:136 mins