Magnetic resonance imaging of pediatric lung parenchyma, airways, vasculature, ventilation, and perfusion. State of the art.

Mark C. Liszewski, F. William Hersman, Talissa A. Altes, Yoshiharu Ohno, Pierluigi Ciet, Simon K. Warfield, Edward Y. Lee

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Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging is a noninvasive imaging modality, particularly attractive for pediatric patients given its lack of ionizing radiation. Despite many advantages, the physical properties of the lung (inherent low signal-to-noise ratio, magnetic susceptibility differences at lung-air interfaces, and respiratory and cardiac motion) have posed technical challenges that have limited the use of MR imaging in the evaluation of thoracic disease in the past. However, recent advances in MR imaging techniques have overcome many of these challenges. This article discusses these advances in MR imaging techniques and their potential role in the evaluation of thoracic disorders in pediatric patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)555-582
Number of pages28
JournalRadiologic clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013
Externally publishedYes



  • Airways
  • Lungs
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Pediatric patients
  • Perfusion
  • Vasculature
  • Ventilation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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