Contrast Media & Molecular Imaging / 2019 / Article / Tab 1

Review Article

A Window on the Lung: Molecular Imaging as a Tool to Dissect Pathophysiologic Mechanisms of Acute Lung Disease

Table 1

Main strengths and weakness of CT, PET, and MR for functional lung imaging.

StrengthsWeaknesses

CTHigh spatial resolutionRadiation exposure
Speed of acquisitionLimited ability to image biologic processes

PETImage biologic processesRadiation exposure
Tracer kinetic modelingLower spatial resolution

MRHigh spatial resolutionRequires hyperpolarized gases to image ventilation
Radiation freeLimited ability to image biologic processes

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