Emerging Role of MRI for Radiation Treatment Planning in Lung Cancer

David C. P. Cobben*, Hans C. J. de Boer, Rob H. Tijssen, Emma G. G. M. Rutten, Marco van Vulpen, Jurgen Peerlings, Esther G. C. Troost, Aswin L Hoffmann, Astrid L. H. M. W. van Lier

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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides excellent soft-tissue contrast and allows for specific scanning sequences to optimize differentiation between various tissue types and properties. Moreover, it offers the potential for real-time motion imaging. This makes magnetic resonance imaging an ideal candidate imaging modality for radiation treatment planning in lung cancer. Although the number of clinical research protocols for the application of magnetic resonance imaging for lung cancer treatment is increasing (www.clinicaltrials.gov) and the magnetic resonance imaging sequences are becoming faster, there are still some technical challenges. This review describes the opportunities and challenges of magnetic resonance imaging for radiation treatment planning in lung cancer.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)NP47-NP60
JournalTechnology in Cancer Research & Treatment
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016


  • MRI
  • lung cancer
  • radiation treatment planning

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