Clinical pediatric positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance program: a guide to successful implementation.

TitleClinical pediatric positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance program: a guide to successful implementation.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsSaade-Lemus S, Nevo E, Soliman I, Otero HJ, Magee RW, Drum ET, States LJ
JournalPediatr Radiol
Date Published2020 Feb 19
ISSN1432-1998
Abstract

Children with malignancies undergo recurrent imaging as part of tumor diagnosis, staging and therapy response assessment. Simultaneous positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance (MR) allows for decreased radiation exposure and acts as a one-stop shop for disease in which MR imaging is required. Nevertheless, PET/MR is still less readily available than PET/CT across institutions. This article serves as a guide to successful implementation of a clinical pediatric PET/MR program based on our extensive clinical experience. Challenges include making scanners more affordable and increasing patient throughput by decreasing total scan time. With improvements in workflow and robust acquisition protocols, PET/MR imaging is expected to play an increasingly important role in pediatric oncology.

DOI10.1007/s00247-019-04578-z
Alternate JournalPediatr Radiol
PubMed ID32076750