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Eur J Radiol. 2000 Jun;34(3):229-46.

Bone and soft tissue tumors: the role of contrast agents for MR imaging.

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  • 1Department of Magnetic Resonance/MR/-1K 12 I.B., University Hospital Gent, De Pintelaan 185, B-9000, Gent, Belgium.


Magnetic resonance imaging is an important modality for the imaging evaluation of musculoskeletal tumors. Although there is general agreement on the value of unenhanced MR in detection, diagnosis and staging, intravenous use of gadolinium-contrast media (gd-CM) is indicated in selected cases. The purpose of this article is to review the basic pharmacokinetic principles and imaging techniques for static and dynamic contrast-enhanced MR imaging and to highlight the most important indications for administration of gd-CM in patients with musculsokeletal tumors and tumor-like lesions: adding specificity in tissue characterization, staging of local extent and biopsy planning, monitoring preoperative chemotherapy and detection of recurrence.

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