PET-MRI is a hybrid imaging technology that combines MRI anatomical soft tissue imaging with PET functional/molecular imaging. Clinical protocols have been optimized by UPMC subspecialty radiologists and colleagues in the MR research center. Exquisite MR anatomical imaging may also be supplemented with diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI), MR spectroscopy (MRS) and perfusion MRI (pMRI) to provide unique diagnostic information not obtained by traditional imaging modalities.
This cutting-edge PET-MRI technology has been utilized at UPMC Presbyterian for research since 2013, and is now open for clinical patient imaging. Currently, only a few PET-MRI facilities are operational in the country, and UPMC Presbyterian is the only medical center in Western Pennsylvania to operate a PET-MRI scanner for clinical patient management.