Magnetic resonance of the lung: a step forward in the study of lung disease

J Bras Pneumol. Jan-Feb 2012;38(1):105-15. doi: 10.1590/s1806-37132012000100015.
[Article in English, Portuguese]


Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the lung has progressed tremendously in recent years. Because of improvements in speed and image quality, MRI is now ready for routine clinical use. The main advantage of MRI of the lung is its unique combination of structural and functional assessment in a single imaging session. We review the three major clinical indications for MRI of the lung: staging of lung tumors; evaluation of pulmonary vascular disease; and investigation of pulmonary abnormalities in patients who should not be exposed to radiation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cystic Fibrosis / diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Hypertension, Pulmonary / diagnosis
  • Lung Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Lung Diseases, Interstitial / diagnosis
  • Lung Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Lymph Nodes / pathology
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / standards*
  • Neoplasm Staging / methods
  • Pulmonary Embolism / diagnosis