Three-dimensional volumetric interpolated breath-hold MR imaging for whole-body tumor staging in less than 15 minutes: a feasibility study

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2002 Aug;179(2):445-9. doi: 10.2214/ajr.179.2.1790445.


Objective: The purpose of our study was to evaluate the feasibility and accuracy of three-dimensional (3D) volumetric interpolated breath-hold whole-body MR imaging using CT and nuclear medicine techniques as the standard of reference in patients with metastases.

Conclusion: The 3D volumetric interpolated breath-hold whole-body MR imaging examination for metastases screening correlates well with CT and scintigraphy. The use of the rolling table platform permits rapid whole-body imaging in an average of 11 min. The preliminary results indicate that the described technique has the potential to emerge as an all-encompassing alternative to conventional multimodality tumor staging strategies.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bone Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Bone Neoplasms / secondary
  • Brain Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Brain Neoplasms / secondary
  • Breast Neoplasms / pathology
  • Contrast Media
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Gadolinium DTPA
  • Humans
  • Imaging, Three-Dimensional* / methods
  • Liver Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Liver Neoplasms / secondary
  • Lung Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Lung Neoplasms / secondary
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging* / methods
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Metastasis / diagnosis*
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Testicular Neoplasms / pathology


  • Contrast Media
  • Gadolinium DTPA