Jingfei Ma1, Colleen Costelloe2, John Madewell2, Gabriel Hortobagyi3, Marjorie Green3, Guang Cao4, Fei Sun4, Vikas Kundra2
1Imaging Physics, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA; 2Diagnostic Radiology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA; 3Breast Medical Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA; 4GE Healthcare, China
Scan time consideration and large FOV requirement for whole body (WB) imaging have precluded most previous WBMRI approaches from acquiring images with a large number of sequences and in different imaging planes. This can seriously affect reading confidence and lower diagnostic accuracy. In this study, we propose to use two fast Dixon sequences and a STIR-prepared diffusion weighted sequence for WB imaging. In 24 cancer patients, we demonstrate that a complete WBMRI including T2-weighted, T1-weighted (pre and post contrast injection), and diffusion-weighted imaging can be performed within approximately 1-hour on a commercially available 1.5 Tesla scanner.