Software, Magnetic Resonance Imaging/Positron Emission Tomography
Definition : Software designed to operate equipment that combines magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) scanning in a single combined system, providing control/monitor of a limited number of their functions. This software is usually intended to work with only one or a few models of the combined scanning systems, usually supplied by the same manufacturer. The software performs a variety of algorithms to facilitate the analysis of measurements performed during the scanning procedures. The software usually provides fusion (i.e., integration) of anatomic images provided by MRI slices and the functional (metabolic) images from PET scans taken in the same session, either simultaneously or sequentially, with the patient in treatment position. MRI/PET scanning system software is usually not available separately from the combined system but may be updated (i.e., through the release of modified versions) during the life of the system. Dedicated MRI/PET scanning system software is intended to facilitate faster and more accurate evaluation than separate MRI and PET systems can provide; they are mostly used for the diagnosis, treatment planning, and evaluation of therapy in specialties such as oncology, cardiology, and neurology, characterizing the disease by both its anatomic and biological features.
Entry Terms : "PET/MRI Combined Software" , "MRI/PET Combined Software" , "Magnetic Resonance Imaging/Positron Emission Tomography Combined Software" , "Positron Emission Tomography/Magnetic Resonance Imaging Combined Software"
UMDC code : 28236