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Kumar, S., Liney, G., Rai, R., Holloway, L., Moses, D. & Vinod, S. K. (2016). Magnetic resonance imaging in lung: a review of its potential for radiotherapy. British Journal of Radiology, 89 (1060), 1-14.


MRI has superior soft-tissue definition compared with existing imaging modalities in radiation oncology; this has the added benefit of functional as well as anatomical imaging. This review aimed to evaluate the current use of MRI for lung cancer and identify the potential of a MRI protocol for lung radiotherapy (RT). 30 relevant studies were identified. Improvements in MRI technology have overcome some of the initial limitations of utilizing MRI for lung imaging. A number of commercially available and novel sequences have shown image quality to be adequate for the detection of pulmonary nodules with the potential for tumour delineation. Quantifying tumour motion is also feasible and may be more representative than that seen on four-dimensional CT. Functional MRI sequences have shown correlation with flu-deoxy-glucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) in identifying malignant involvement and treatment response. MRI can also be used as a measure of pulmonary function. While there are some limitations for the adoption of MRI in RT-planning process for lung cancer, MRI has shown the potential to compete with both CT and PET for tumour delineation and motion definition, with the added benefit of functional information. MRI is well placed to become a significant imaging modality in RT for lung cancer.



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