The special MRI techniques play a significant role in detecting and assessing the extent of rectal cancer. These techniques significantly increase diagnostic accuracy when identifying and characterizing a lesion, contributing to selecting the most suitable treatment and to properly monitoring the treatment result.
In the case of rectal cancer the following are identified with great accuracy:
- The extent of cancer prior to treatment (staging)
- The area that must receive radiation
- The response during and after radiotherapy
- Recurrence detection after surgery
A multiparametric study is the combination of special MRI techniques.
Multiparametric MRI combines special techniques with high-resolution anatomical images, significantly increasing accuracy when detecting cancer. It is indicated as an imaging method for detecting cancer in pelvic organs, such as the rectum.
At Metropolitan Hospital, multiparametric studies are performed using a state-of-the-art latest generation Siemens Skyra 3 Tesla scanner with 60 channel dedicated abdomen coil, so the use of an endorectal coil is not necessary.