Molecular Imaging of Cancer: Applications of Magnetic Resonance Methods

Proc IEEE Inst Electr Electron Eng. 2005 Apr 1;93(4):784-799. doi: 10.1109/JPROC.2005.844266.


Cancer is a complex disease exhibiting a host of phenotypic diversities. Noninvasive multinuclear magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and spectroscopic imaging (MRSI) provide an array of capabilities to characterize and understand several of the vascular, metabolic, and physiological characteristics unique to cancer. The availability of targeted contrast agents has widened the scope of MR techniques to include the detection of receptor and gene expression. In this paper, we have highlighted the application of several MR techniques in imaging and understanding cancer.