Keiko Matsumoto1, Yoshiharu Ohno1, Hisanobu Koyama1, Munenobu Nogami1, Daisuke Takenaka1, Yumiko Onishi1, Nobulazu Aoyama2, Hideaki Kawamitsu2, Tsutomu Araki3, Kazuro Sugimura1
1Department of Radiology, Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan; 2Division of Radiology, Kobe University Hospital, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan; 3Department of Radiology, University of Yamanashi, Japan
Academic and social interest to radiation induced cancer development on CT examination is increasing in the world. Since 1997, several investigators have suggested that pulmonary MR imaging on 1.5T MR system has potential for nodule detection as substitution to CT. To the best of our knowledge, no one directly compare the capability of non-contrast-enhanced (non-CE) pulmonary MRI for pulmonary nodule detection between 1.5T and 3.0T MR systems. The purpose of this study was to prospectively and directly compare the capability of non-CE pulmonary MR imaging on 3.0T MR system for nodule detection than that on 1.5T MR system.