Recently, systems combining PET and MRI have appeared on the market. The 2 main advantages of these systems over PET/computed tomography are the improved soft tissue contrast with MRI obtained without ionizing radiation and the potential for simultaneous acquisition of the PET and magnetic resonance images. However, its clinical acceptance has been slow for several reasons. Moreover, there are significant technical challenges that must be overcome from an image acquisition, processing, display, and laboratory workflow perspective for implementing cardiovascular PET/MRI on a routine clinical basis. The potential is high for PET/MRI to become a critical tool in the management of disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-35
Number of pages11
JournalCardiology clinics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2016


  • Atherosclerosis
  • Cardiovascular
  • Magnetic Resonace Imaging (MRI)
  • Myocardium
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET)


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