Invited CommentaryAbdominal Magnetic Resonance Imaging at 3 T: Oncological ApplicationsMarin, Daniele MD; Husarik, Daniela B. MD; Boll, Daniel T. MD; Merkle, Elmar M. MDAuthor Information From the Department of Radiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC. Reprints: Elmar M. Merkle, MD, Department of Radiology, Duke University Medical Center, Box 3808, Erwin Rd, Durham, NC 27710 (e-mail: email@example.com). E. M. receives research support from Siemens Medical Soultions, is a stockholder of General Electric, a member of the speaker's bureau of Bayer, and advisor for Siemens Medical Solutions and for Bayer. The other authors declare no conflict of interest. Topics in Magnetic Resonance Imaging: June 2010 - Volume 21 - Issue 3 - p 149-156 doi: 10.1097/RMR.0b013e3181e8fb7a Buy Metrics Abstract The gain in signal-to-noise ratio at 3 T magnetic resonance (MR) imaging produces many benefits for abdominal imaging applications, including the capability to reduce acquisition times and/or improve spatial resolution for a variety of pulse sequences, the potential for broader application of parallel imaging techniques, and an increased sensitivity to gadolinium-based contrast media. These advances have the potential of improving the accuracy of MR imaging in the detection, staging, treatment planning, and follow-up of patients with abdominal tumors. At the same time, because certain high-field-strength-related drawbacks could not be compensated for, abdominal 3 T MR imaging should be clinically implemented with caution in some patients (eg, patients with massive ascites). © 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.