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MR Finger Printing-will it change MRI as we know?

An article in Nature reports a new technique called MR finger printing.   Authors introduce novel approach to data acquisition, post-processing and visualization—which is termed ‘magnetic resonance fingerprinting’ (MRF)—that permits the simultaneous non-invasive quantification of multiple important properties of a material or tissue. MRF thus provides an alternative way to quantitatively detect and analyse complex changes that can represent physical alterations of a substance or early indicators of disease. When paired with an appropriate pattern-recognition algorithm, MRF inherently suppresses measurement errors and can thus improve measurement accuracy.

This is a potentially revolutionary technique. But some questions come to my mind as a radiologist.

How does the resolution of MRF compare with conventional MRI?  Will MRF really be able to include all the relevant information on one set of images?? The advantage of rapid scanning  cannot be overstated. Aside from the direct benefit of reduced cost, rapid MRF scanning would reduce waiting times for clinical MR.
MR Finger Printing-will it change MRI as we know? Reviewed by Sumer Sethi on Sunday, April 07, 2013 Rating: 5

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