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Specific Uses of Interventional Musculoskeletal Magnetic Resonance Imaging

MR imaging offers advantages when compared with other imaging modalities utilized for musculoskeletal interventions. It has a superior soft-tissue contrast, the possibility to choose nonstandard imaging planes, and the lack of ionizing radiation. MR also has certain disadvantages-limited workspace and patient access (in a closed bore magnet system) and limited temporal or spatial resolution (in an open MR system). Principally, there are three basic types of MR systems commercially available which may be used for interventional procedures.