Magnetic Resonance Imaging will Replace Computer TomographyJoseph Stancanello*
MRI Research Europe, Middle East and Africa, GE Healthcare, France
- Corresponding Author:
- Joseph Stancanello, Ph.D.
Director, MRI Research Europe, Middle East and Africa
GE Healthcare, France
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Received date: October 01, 2012; Accepted date: October 01, 2012; Published date: October 03, 2012
Citation: Stancanello J (2012) Magnetic Resonance Imaging will Replace Computer Tomography. J Biotechnol Biomater 2:e113. doi:10.4172/2155-952X.1000e113
Copyright: © 2012 Stancanello J, This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The introduction of tomographic imaging revolutionized the way we look at medical images. Compared to X-ray projective image, Computer Tomography (CT) offers the possibility of analyzing anatomical structures on a three-dimensional, slice-to-slice approach. On the other hand, limitations of CT consist of poor soft tissue contrast and ionizing radiation , while the advantages are distortion-free images and fast scan times . Indeed, CT has been the modality of choice in many applications, going from diagnostic imaging to image-guided therapeutic solutions [3,4]. The advent of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) represented a further quantum leap in tomographic imaging in that soft tissue contrast was dramatically superior to CT with no radiation dose. On the other hand, MRI suffered from image distortion and long scan times, as well as limitation in scanning regions where metal implants are present. MRI offers a wide range of contrast generation, which makes it probably the modality with the highest potential in the imaging arena. This is reflected in the introduction of new MRI sequences in the range of 5-10 per year.