In vivo MRI cell tracking: Clinical studies

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OBJECTIVE. The purpose of this review is to describe the principles of MRI cell tracking with superparamagnetic iron oxides and the four clinical trials that have been performed. CONCLUSION. Clinical MRI cell tracking is likely to become an important tool at the bedside once (stem) cell therapy becomes mainstream. The most prominent role of this technique probably will be verification of accurate cell delivery with MRI-guided injection, in which interventional radiologists will play a role in the near future. All clinical studies described as of this writing have been performed outside the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)314-325
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2009


  • Cell tracking
  • Immunotherapy
  • Molecular imaging
  • Stem cell therapy
  • Superparamagnetic iron oxide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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