Combined PET/MRI: Multi-modality Multi-parametric Imaging Is Here: Summary Report of the 4th International Workshop on PET/MR Imaging; February 23-27, 2015, Tübingen, Germany

Mol Imaging Biol. 2015 Oct;17(5):595-608. doi: 10.1007/s11307-015-0886-9.


This paper summarises key themes and discussions from the 4th international workshop dedicated to the advancement of the technical, scientific and clinical applications of combined positron emission tomography (PET)/magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems that was held in Tübingen, Germany, from February 23 to 27, 2015. Specifically, we summarise the three days of invited presentations from active researchers in this and associated fields augmented by round table discussions and dialogue boards with specific topics. These include the use of PET/MRI in cardiovascular disease, paediatrics, oncology, neurology and multi-parametric imaging, the latter of which was suggested as a key promoting factor for the wider adoption of integrated PET/MRI. Discussions throughout the workshop and a poll taken on the final day demonstrated that attendees felt more strongly that PET/MRI has further advanced in both technical versatility and acceptance by clinical and research-driven users from the status quo of last year. Still, with only minimal evidence of progress made in exploiting the true complementary nature of the PET and MRI-based information, PET/MRI is still yet to achieve its potential. In that regard, the conclusion of last year's meeting "the real work has just started" still holds true.

Keywords: Attenuation correction; Cardiology; Hybrid imaging; MRI; Molecular imaging; Multi-parametric imaging; Neurology; Oncology; PET; PET/CT; PET/MRI; Quantification.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Germany
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Multimodal Imaging*
  • Positron-Emission Tomography*