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Table 4 MRI technical artifacts. Pitfalls and pearls

From: Role of MRI in staging and follow-up of endometrial and cervical cancer: pitfalls and mimickers

Artifacts Pitfall Pearl
Motion artifacts
Peristalsis (bladder, bowel)
Limit visualization of the anatomical detail of the uterus • Adequate patient preparation
• Use antiperistalsis agents
Sequence-specific artifacts while using rapid parallel imaging techniques such as ASSET (GE units) and SENSE (Phillips units), mSENSE (Siemens units) May make image interpretation difficult • Increase FOV
Metal artifacts
- Hip prosthesis
- Surgical clips
Limit visualization of the anatomical detail of the uterus and pelvic structures
Makes staging more difficult
• Use MARS sequences
  1. FOV field of view, MARS metal artifact reduction sequences