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Abstract #0140

Simultaneous MR and PET Imaging of Human Brain Tumors Using an Integrated MR-PET Scanner

Ciprian Catana1, Thomas Benner1, Andre van der Kouwe1, Dominique L. Jennings1, Michael Hamm2, Poe-Jou Chen1,3, Ovidiu C. Andronesi1, Elizabeth R. Gerstner4, Larry Byars5, Christian Michel5, Josef Pfeuffer2, Matthias Schmand5, Bruce R. Rosen1, A. Gregory Sorensen1

1MGH, Radiology, A.A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Charlestown, MA, USA; 2Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc., Charlestown, MA, USA; 3Nuclear Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA; 4Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA; 5Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc., Knoxville, TN, USA

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) are widely used imaging technologies with both clinical and biomedical research applications. An MRI-compatible PET scanner prototype has been built for brain applications that allows data from both modalities to be acquired simultaneously. In this work, we demonstrate the feasibility of this combined system for performing simultaneous MR-PET data acquisition in brain tumor patients, including dynamic data acquisition.