Indiana University Health is the first in the state to have a Siemens Healthineers Biograph mMR PET/MRI machine. There are about 30 of these scanners in the U.S.
The PET/MRI scanner is housed at the IU Health Neuroscience Center at 16th Street and Capitol Avenue and will primarily be used for oncology and neuroscience. MRI does not use radiation, so patients are taking in less radiation than other hybrid scanners
In oncology, this is a useful tool in patients who have received radiation therapy. After radiation, there is scar tissue, which can be hard to distinguish from cancer recurrence.
This scan allows that area to be seen better, resulting in a more accurate diagnosis. The functional and physiological aspects of the scan allow differentiation between living and intact tissue versus radiologic necrosis.
“We have PET/CT but no one else in the state has PET/MRI. We believe the unit will be an excellent tool for prostate cancer, liver cancer, epilepsy and multiple other areas like MSK, neuro, breast and cardiac,” said Todd Stanley, director of radiology at IU Health.