With a focus on the basic imaging principles of breast MRI rather than on mathematical equations, this book takes a practical approach to imaging protocols, which helps radiologists increase their diagnostic effectiveness. It walks the reader through the basics of MRI, making it especially accessible to beginners. From a detailed outline of equipment prerequisites for obtaining high quality breast MRI to instructions on how to optimize image quality, expanded discussions on how to obtain optimized dynamic information, and explanations of good and bad imaging techniques, the book covers the topics that are most relevant to performing breast MRI.
Dr. Edward Hendrick, Ph.D., FACR, has played a pivotal role in improving the quality of mammorgraphy worldwide as well as making important contributions to magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. His groundbreaking work with the American College of Radiology (ACR) helped establish the ACR Mammography Accreditation Program, which lead to the Mammography Quality Standards Act of 1992 - legislation enaced to ensure mammography facilities offer patients the best medical technology and care. He is recognized as a national leader in advancing breast imaging and cancer detection techniques.
Fundamentals of Magnetic Resonance Imaging.- Tissue Relaxation.- Spatial Resolution in Magnetic Resonance Imaging.- The Spin-echo Pulse Sequence.- Gradient Echo Sequences and 3D Imaging.- Fast-spin Echo, Echo Planar, Inversion Recovery, and Short-T1 Inversion Recovery Imaging.- Signal, Noise, Signal-to-Noise, and Contrast-to-Noise Ratios.- Contrast Agents in Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging.- Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging Acquisition Protocols.- Image Post-processing Protocols.- Artifacts and Errors in Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging.- Magnetic Resonance Imaging Safety and Patient Considerations.- New Developments in Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging.