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Image fusion for bone metastasis

Case Study
Dr. Pans, Steven, M.D. Leuven, University of Leuven

Patient history

A 42-year-old female with breast cancer and pelvic pain underwent an MR examination on the Achieva 3.0T TX with MultiTransmit at Leuven University Hospital, Belgium.

MR examination

The Achieva 3.0T TX with SENSE Torso XL coil was used.
The patient was positioned supine, feet first.

Sequences used are coronal and tranverse STIR and T1, DWI (six b-values), coronal and transverse T1 after contrast. The total scan time was 25 minutes.


Click on an image to enlarge it
 DWI b1000 DWI + T1
DWI b1000
DWI + T1

Two bone lesions are seen on the STIR and T1-weighted images.
The DWI b1000 image shows a hyperintense signal, which makes the lesion highly suspicious.

Image fusion (software on the Philips console) makes it much easier to make out suspicious lesions.


MRI helped to visualize suspicious bone lesions.

Clinical impact of the Achieva 3.0T TX with MultiTransmit

The Leuven team is particularly impressed with DWI and WB DWI on the Philips Achieva 3.0T TX

system. Almost every patient with bone or soft tissue tumor in the department is scanned with DWI.

On the Achieva 3.0T TX, including DWI adds no more than about 3 minutes to the scan, rather than the 10 to 12 minutes extra on a system without MultiTransmit.

The image fusion software on the Philips console makes it much easier to make out suspicious lesions.

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Case Study
Achieva 3.0T
Release 2, Release 3
Quasar Dual
Body, bone metastasis, Breast, Musculoskeletal, Oncology, Pelvis

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