Pulmonary perfusion imaging using MRI: clinical application

Insights Imaging. 2012 Feb;3(1):61-71. doi: 10.1007/s13244-011-0140-1. Epub 2011 Dec 29.


Background: Lung perfusion is one of the key components of oxygenation. It is hampered in pulmonary arterial diseases and secondary due to parenchymal diseases.

Methods: Assessment is frequently required during the workup of a patient for either of these disease categories.

Results: This review provides insight into imaging techniques, qualitative and quantitative evaluation, and focuses on clinical application of MR perfusion.

Conclusion: The two major techniques, non-contrast-enhanced (arterial spin labeling) and contrast-enhanced perfusion techniques, are discussed.