More precise diagnosis through hybrid imaging device

Project title: The diagnostic and prognostic value of FDG-PET-MRI and its correlation with cellular and biologic features in primary CNS lymphoma patients
Principal investigators: Georg Lenz, Oliver Grauer, Werner Paulus, Michael Schäfers
Project time: 07/2016 - 10/2018
Project code: FF-2016-10

In this project a group of doctors and researchers want to use the PET-MRI, which combines two high-resolution imaging procedures, to make a precise, detailed diagnosis of CNS lymphomas in patients. CNS lymphomas are malignant tumours which affect the central nervous system, in other words the brain and the spinal cord. The PET-MRI at Münster University Hospital combines the strengths of positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Using the MRI images the physicians can precisely diagnose changes in the tissue. Sometimes, however, they cannot assess whether a piece of tissue is still active after a therapy. But by combining it with the PET this will probably be possible. Also, by using the PET-MRI the researchers want to try to assess the individual prognosis of patients affected.