Fast magnetic resonance imaging of the lung

Eur J Radiol. 1999 Feb;29(2):114-32. doi: 10.1016/s0720-048x(98)00174-0.


The impact of fast MR techniques developed for MR imaging of the lung will soon be recognized as equivalent to the high-resolution technique in chest CT imaging. In this article, the difficulties in MR imaging posed by lung morphology and its physiological motion are briefly introduced. Then, fast MR imaging techniques to overcome the problems of lung imaging and recent applications of the fast MR techniques including pulmonary perfusion and ventilation imaging are discussed. Fast MR imaging opens a new exciting window to multi-functional MR imaging of the lung. We believe that fast MR functional imaging will play an important role in the assessment of pulmonary function and disease process.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Lung / anatomy & histology*
  • Lung / physiology
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Pulmonary Circulation / physiology
  • Respiration