MRI of bone metastases

D. Vanel, J. Bittoun, A. Tardivon

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Some knowledge of MR theory is required to be able to achieve high contrast between bone metastases and normal marrow. Three factors are used in MR to diagnose bone metastases: fat-water distribution, artifacts induced by bone trabeculae, and uptake of contrast medium. Using MR-histological correlations based on specimens of the lumbar spine, and studies of patients, we explain the advantages and limitations of sequences studying fat and water (spin-echo T1, STIR, in- and out-of-phase gradient echo, fat presaturation), bone trabeculae (gradient echo with long TE), and the injection of contrast medium.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1345-1351
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Radiology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1998


  • Bone metastases
  • MRI
  • MRI sequences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology


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