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MR Spectroscopy

MR spectroscopy or MRS is a variation of conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MRS can extract information regarding the concentration of metabolites, or chemical compounds inside the body.

Although MRS has been primarily used in research, it has the potential to provide useful clinical information helpful in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, including:

  • psychiatric disorders
  • metabolic disorders affecting the brain
  • cancer     
    • providing information on tumor metabolism
    • differentiating between recurrent tumors and treatment-related changes as a result of radiation therapy
    • guiding the precise targeting of radiation to a recurring brain tumor.