Hybrid PET/MR systems
The combination of MR and PET systems has received growing attention in recent years and spurred academic and industrial interest. In this chapter, the fundamental principle of positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MR) have been described with comprehensive description of current state-of-the-art of hybrid PET/MR imaging. We have described the system design of different clinical and pre-clinical PET/MR scanners available in the field in a lucid manner to the readers. This chapter discussed the technical issues, advantages involved in bringing together both imaging modalities and their recent developments. Nevertheless, we discussed the preclinical and/or human patient's application of hybrid PET/MR imaging in prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, breast cancer, brain imaging and cardiovascular imaging fields. Finally, the future directions are included for providing a complete picture of hybrid PET/MR imaging to the readers. This chapter will help students and scientists want to use this hybrid PET/MR technology with a PET background but lacking MR or vice versa.