Breast MRI: Fundamentals and Technical Aspects

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Springer Science & Business Media, Dec 14, 2007 - Medical - 254 pages

Breast MRI has emerged as a valuable adjunct to the conventional imaging modalities in the detection of primary and recurrent breast cancer. Yet, most radiologists who rely on MRI do not have knowledge of the fundamentals so essential to achieving and maintaining high image quality.

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 that helps radiologists increase their diagnostic effectiveness. The text 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.

By presenting the key aspects of breast MRI in straightforward terms and with clear images, this practical book benefits all practitioners seeking to increase their working knowledge and competence in breast MRI. It fills an important gap in the literature and is also of value to residents preparing for the diagnostic radiology boards.


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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.

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