Investigating cancer patient acceptance of Whole Body MRI

Oliveri Serena, Pricolo Paola, Pizzoli Silvia, Faccio Flavia, Lampis Valentina, Summers Paul, Petralia Giuseppe, Pravettoni Gabriella

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Background: Whole Body magnetic resonance imaging (WB-MRI) enables early cancer detection, without exposing the patient to ionizing radiation. Our aim was to investigate patients’ acceptance of WB-MRI as a procedure for cancer staging and follow up. Materials and methods: 135 oncologic subjects participated to the study. An ad hoc questionnaire was administered before and after WB-MRI, to assess patient's confidence and concerns about WB-MRI, psychological reactions, experience and perceived utility of the procedure. Results: Before undergoing WB-MRI, about 58% of the patients were concerned for cancer progression outcome. 80.4% felt that they were given good information about the exam and the most informed group also perceived and higher level of utility of WB-MRI and no risk. Among people reporting discomfort with the exam (51.9%) the main reasons were noise and exam duration. Despite this, 80% of patients expressed high levels of satisfaction, and the majority (69%) judged WB-MRI more acceptable than other diagnostic exams. Patients who believed to have received more information before the exam rated their global satisfaction higher. Conclusion: Our results show that WB-MRI examinations were well-accepted and perceived with high levels of satisfaction by most patients. WB-MRI appears to be equally or more tolerable than other total body imaging modalities (e.g. PET, CT), especially if they receive enough information from the radiologist.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)246-251
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Imaging
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2018


  • Cancer screening
  • Decision making
  • Psychology
  • Whole Body magnetic resonance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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