PET-MRI Hybrid Enables New Approaches for Neuro-Imaging Scans
By Medimaging International staff writers
Posted on 11 Apr 2017
Image: Innovations in PET-MRI imaging techniques are proving useful for non-invasive diagnosis of medical conditions such as early dementia (Photo courtesy of Getty Images).
Hybrid imaging techniques that combine Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) make use of the detailed images of human anatomy that MRI can provide, together with assessments of tissue function characteristics provided by PET imaging.
The new PET-MRI technique and other advanced neuro-imaging modalities, intended for the early diagnosis of conditions such as dementia and stroke are being displayed at the RadiologyAsia 2017 conference. The conference will host advanced medical imaging experts, and is taking place on May 19-20, 2017. The conference theme is “Bringing state-of-the-art imaging into clinical practice.”
The occurrence of dementia among an aging population is on the rise, and as the disease progresses it can result in ever increasing neuro-degenerative problems for patients. For this reason, early diagnosis is critical for improved patient outcomes.
The new PET-MRI technology provides both volumetric imaging information, as well as metabolic data for the diagnosis of early dementia. PET-MRI and the other new imaging techniques are already enabling clinical researchers to evaluate new drug therapies in clinical trials, and treat dementia and other conditions early, before they result in significant morbidity.