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Bone Marrow MRI

A Pattern-Based Approach

Moulopoulos, Lia Angela, Koutoulidis, Vassilis

2015, XIII, 172 p. 19 illus., 9 illus. in color.

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  • Uses a pattern-based approach to provide readers with a thorough knowledge of MRI findings of diseases of the bone marrow, especially malignancies
  • Excellent guide to differential diagnosis
  • Of value not only to radiologists but also to clinicians requiring up-to-date knowledge as a basis for therapeutic decisions


MRI provides the best means of imaging the bone marrow directly and of non-invasively assessing its composition. Normal age-related bone marrow changes, alterations related to red marrow reconversion, and pathological bone marrow processes generally conform to certain patterns that reflect the underlying marrow changes and can be clearly recognized on MR images. In addition to conventional pulse sequences, advanced MRI techniques such as Dynamic Contrast-Enhanced MRI and Diffusion-Weighted Imaging depict marrow changes at the microvascular and cellular level respectively.

This book provides radiologists with in-depth information on the MRI appearances of normal, abnormal and treated marrow following a structured, pattern-based approach. MRI findings for various diseases that affect the bone marrow, particularly those of a malignant nature, are presented in detail. MRI pattern recognition not only offers a systematic approach to image interpretation and diagnosis but also has prognostic implications with regard to some disease entities. Each chapter includes a wealth of high-quality images, together with Key Points summarizing the most important information.

In addition to radiologists, practitioners with an interest in hematology and oncology will find this textbook-atlas to be a valuable resource for the latest, clinically relevant advances in bone marrow imaging.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Differential diagnosis - Diffuse and focal patterns - Magnetic resonance imaging - Pattern recognition - Treatment decision making

Related subjects » Internal Medicine - Oncology & Hematology - Radiology

Table of contents 

Νormal Bone Marrow: Anatomy, Function, Conversion, Reconversion.- MRI of the Normal Bone Marrow: Pulse Sequences.- MRI of the Normal Bone Marrow: Anatomical Sites.- The Abnormal Bone Marrow: MRI Patterns.- MRI of the Abnormal Bone Marrow: Focal Pattern.- MRI of the Abnormal Bone Marrow: Diffuse Pattern.- Bone Marrow Edema Pattern.- Benign Versus Malignant Vertebral Fractures.- MRI of Bone Marrow Post-Treatment Changes.- Bone Marrow MRI: A Quick Guide.

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