Lung Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technical Advancements and Clinical Applications

Yoshiharu Ohno, Yoshiyuki Ozawa, Hiroyuki Nagata, Takahiro Ueda, Takeshi Yoshikawa, Daisuke Takenaka, Hisanobu Koyama

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Since lung magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) became clinically available, limited clinical utility has been suggested for applying MRI to lung diseases. Moreover, clinical applications of MRI for patients with lung diseases or thoracic oncology may vary from country to country due to clinical indications, type of health insurance, or number of MR units available. Because of this situation, members of the Fleischner Society and of the Japanese Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine have published new reports to provide appropriate clinical indications for lung MRI. This review article presents a brief history of lung MRI in terms of its technical aspects and major clinical indications, such as (1) what is currently available, (2) what is promising but requires further validation or evaluation, and (3) which developments warrant research-based evaluations in preclinical or patient studies. We hope this article will provide Investigative Radiology readers with further knowledge of the current status of lung MRI and will assist them with the application of appropriate protocols in routine clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-52
Number of pages15
JournalInvestigative Radiology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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