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Donna Domino

The advantages of 1.5T MRI over other modalities for staging cancer are twofold: No radiation and decreased nephrotoxicity. In particular, radiologists focused on oncology say the modality is particularly useful for imaging brain tumors, noting that it is valuable for problem solving and treatment planning because of its superior capability to provide soft-tissue contrast.

In the wake of an explosion of oncology-related imaging, many hospitals have now set up separate radiation oncology information systems that not only store images but also keep track of dosage, planning and treatment data.