Abdominal Imaging with Extended Field of View in Rectal Cancer Using a Continuously Moving Table: A Feasibility Study
Sommer G, Ludwig U, Fautz H, Schfer O
University Hospital Freiburg
Two MRI sequences with continuous table motion were implemented in a standard pelvic imaging protocol for rectal cancer follow up and tested on ten patients: The sequences were a contrast enhanced T1 weighted GRE with fat suppression and a STIR-fat suppressed T2 weighted TSE, covering the whole abdomen in down to one minute with only one breath-hold required. Quality and diagnostic scope of the images were evaluated in an individual case analysis and give promising initial experience about the applicability and usefulness of fast moving table imaging methods as a tool for extending the diagnostic coverage of standard MRI examinations.