J Nucl Med. 2013 May;54(5):815-24 doi: 10.2967/jnumed.112.112771. 2013 Mar 14.

PET and MR imaging: the odd couple or a match made in heaven?

Catana C, Guimaraes AR, Rosen BR.


PET and MR imaging are modalities routinely used for clinical and research applications. Integrated scanners capable of acquiring PET and MR imaging data in the same session, sequentially or simultaneously, have recently become available for human use. In this article, we describe some of the technical advances that allowed the development of human PET/MR scanners; briefly discuss methodologic challenges and opportunities provided by this novel technology; and present potential oncologic, cardiac, and neuropsychiatric applications. These examples range from studies that might immediately benefit from PET/MR to more advanced applications on which future development might have an even broader impact.

PMID: 23492887