What are limitations of MRI for thoracic non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) imaging?

Updated: Mar 05, 2019
  • Author: Ali Nawaz Khan, MBBS, FRCS, FRCP, FRCR; Chief Editor: Eugene C Lin, MD  more...
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MRI provides better contrast resolution than do other studies, but biopsy is often required for a definitive diagnosis. [20] MRI is expensive and not universally available, and patients with claustrophobia and young children may need sedation or general anesthesia. MRI cannot be used with certain types of metallic implants or clips, with cardiac pacemakers, or with ferromagnetic foreign bodies. Image-guided biopsy may require more expensive, MRI-compatible equipment.


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