Esophageal-Carcinoma Demonstrated by Whole-Body Nuclear Magnetcic-Resonance Imaging

Francis Smith, James McDonald Strachan Hutchison, J R MALLARD, G Johnson, Thomas William Redpath, R.d. Selbie, C C Smith, Anne Reid

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The quality of the images produced by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) imaging has steadily improved over the past five years. Images of the head, thorax, and abdomen have clearly shown the normal anatomy. A clinical trial ofNMR imaging has therefore been started in Aberdeen to assess its diagnostic accuracy and compare it with conventional radiography and other imaging
techniques. The first patient examined by whole-body NMRimaging had carcinoma ofthe oesophagus diagnosed on barium meal examination. A technetium-99msulphur colloid liver scan also showed hepatic metastases.
NMR imaging showed a large tumour in the lower third of the oesophagus, and areas of increased proton spinlattice relaxation time (T1) on a section through the liver corresponded with the metastases shown on the radionuclide
scan. Increased areas of T1 were present in some vertebrae, and a technetium-99m bone scan confirmed the presence of bone metastases.The NMR images in this patient compared well withthe images from other techniques. The continuing clinical trial may show that NMR is an accurate diagnostic aid which will complement existing techniques for diagnosing intrathoracic and intra-abdominal conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)510-512
Number of pages3
JournalBMJ Rapid Response
Issue number6263
Publication statusPublished - 1981


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