Hatsuho Mamata1, 2, Daniel Ruan, 23, Junichi Tokuda1, 2, Balazs Lengyel1, Hiroto Hatabu1, 2, Ferenc A. Jolesz1, 2
1Radiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, United States; 2Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, United States; 3Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, United States
MRI of parathyroid adenomas can be performed within a reasonable time and can provide valuable information about location and tissue characteristics of the adenomas. MRI solves numerous problems of currently used standard imaging modalities; 1. Detailed anatomic images with excellent tissue contrast are obtained, 2. No ionizing radiation exposure to patients, 3. Perfusion evaluation equivalent with CT perfusion study can be done without exposing patients to large amount of ionizing radiation, 4. It does not depend on technique/technician to evaluate the images or detection of adenomas, 5. Intra-thoracic parathyroid adenomas can be searched in a same MRI session.