Sabine Weckbach1, Henrik J. Michaely1, Alto Stemmer2, Stefan O. Schoenberg1, Dietmar J. Dinter1
1Department of Clinical Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany; 2Imaging & IT Division, Magnetic Resonance, Siemens AG, Healthcare Sector, Erlangen, Germany
A new WB CTM protocol consisting of axial T2-w fs BLADE and T1-w GRE-sequences allows the assessment of patients with multiple myeloma with comparable image quality and identical ability to detect bone marrow and soft tissue lesions compared to a standard step-by-step-protocol with even better organ assessability. Scan time is reduced by 75%. Taking into account the limitations of the technique concerning vertebral fracture assessment this new protocol seems advantageous for patients with pain, allows a higher patient throughput in clinical routine and might facilitate the depiction of extramedullary lesions.