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Mol Imaging Biol. 2015 Oct;17(5):595-608. doi: 10.1007/s11307-015-0886-9.

Combined PET/MRI: Multi-modality Multi-parametric Imaging Is Here: Summary Report of the 4th International Workshop on PET/MR Imaging; February 23-27, 2015, Tübingen, Germany.

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1
Department of Nuclear Medicine, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia.
2
Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
3
Werner Siemens Imaging Center, Department of Preclinical Imaging and Radiopharmacy, Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen, Germany.
4
Department of Interventional and Diagnostic Radiology, Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen, Germany.
5
Department of Nuclear Medicine, Leipzig University, Leipzig, Germany.
6
Department of Nuclear Medicine, Ulm University, Ulm, Germany.
7
Cardiothoracic Section, Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University of Basel Hospital, Basel, Switzerland.
8
Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA.
9
Department of Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital Cologne, Cologne, Germany.
10
Centre of Morphological and Molecular Diagnostics (ZeMoDi), MR- and PET/MRI; Centre of Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT, Bremen, Germany.
11
Division of Imaging Sciences and Biomedical Engineering, King's College London, London, UK.
12
Department of Radiology, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK.
13
Division of Nuclear Medicine, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.
14
Department of Investigative Radiology, National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center Research Institute, Osaka, Japan.
15
Department of Clinical Physiology, Nuclear Medicine & PET and Cluster for Molecular Imaging, Rigshospitalet and University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.
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Department of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany.
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Department of Clinical Physiology, Nuclear Medicine and PET, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark.
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Erwin L. Hahn Institute for MR Imaging, University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany.
19
High Field and Hybrid MR-Imaging, University Hospital Essen, Essen, Germany.
20
Department of Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital Münster, Münster, Germany.
21
Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, General Hospital Vienna, Medical University Vienna, 4L, Waehringer Guertel 18-20, 1090, Vienna, Austria. thomas.beyer@meduniwien.ac.at.

Abstract

This paper summarises key themes and discussions from the 4th international workshop dedicated to the advancement of the technical, scientific and clinical applications of combined positron emission tomography (PET)/magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems that was held in Tübingen, Germany, from February 23 to 27, 2015. Specifically, we summarise the three days of invited presentations from active researchers in this and associated fields augmented by round table discussions and dialogue boards with specific topics. These include the use of PET/MRI in cardiovascular disease, paediatrics, oncology, neurology and multi-parametric imaging, the latter of which was suggested as a key promoting factor for the wider adoption of integrated PET/MRI. Discussions throughout the workshop and a poll taken on the final day demonstrated that attendees felt more strongly that PET/MRI has further advanced in both technical versatility and acceptance by clinical and research-driven users from the status quo of last year. Still, with only minimal evidence of progress made in exploiting the true complementary nature of the PET and MRI-based information, PET/MRI is still yet to achieve its potential. In that regard, the conclusion of last year's meeting "the real work has just started" still holds true.

KEYWORDS:

Attenuation correction; Cardiology; Hybrid imaging; MRI; Molecular imaging; Multi-parametric imaging; Neurology; Oncology; PET; PET/CT; PET/MRI; Quantification

PMID:
26286794
DOI:
10.1007/s11307-015-0886-9
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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