Magnetic resonance imaging acquisition techniques for radiotherapy planning
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has a number of benefits for the planning of radiotherapy (RT), but its uptake into clinical practice has often been restricted to specialist research sites. There is often a lack of detailed MRI knowledge within the RT community and an apprehension of geometric distortions, both of which prevent its best utilization and merit the introduction of a standardized approach and common guidelines. This review sets out to address some of the issues involved in acquiring MRI scans for RT planning in the context of a number of clinical sites of interest and concludes with recommendations for its best practice in terms of imaging protocol and quality assurance. The article is of particular interest to the growing number of cancer therapy centers that are embarking on MRI simulation on either existing systems or their own dedicated scanners.