[Possibilities of whole-body MRI for investigating musculoskeletal diseases]

Radiologe. 2004 Sep;44(9):844-53. doi: 10.1007/s00117-004-1097-6.
[Article in German]


This contribution outlines possibilities and limitations of whole-body MRI for investigating musculoskeletal diseases. Benefits and drawbacks of the novel whole-body MRI technology are discussed and a possible whole-body MRI sequence protocol for musculoskeletal examinations is proposed. Muscle, joint and bone diseases are discussed in which the application of whole-body MRI may be of advantage. Particularly, polymyositis, muscledystrophy, rheumatoid arthritis, spondylitis ancylosans, multiple trauma, skeletal metastases, multiple myeloma and malignant lymphoma are mentioned. Whole-body MRI opens new advantages for the examination of multifocal musculoskeletal diseases. The clinical benefit of this method for particular diseases has to be evaluated in further studies, however.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Acquired Hyperostosis Syndrome / diagnosis
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / diagnosis
  • Bone Diseases / diagnosis
  • Bone Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Bone and Bones / injuries
  • Dermatomyositis / diagnosis
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Joint Diseases / diagnosis
  • Lymphoma / diagnosis
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Male
  • Multiple Trauma / diagnosis
  • Muscular Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Muscular Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Muscular Dystrophy, Duchenne / diagnosis
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Plasmacytoma / diagnosis
  • Polymyositis / diagnosis
  • Positron-Emission Tomography
  • Spondylitis, Ankylosing / diagnosis
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed