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Visualising early lung disease in CF: the emergence of MRI
  1. Jane C Davies
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jane C. Davies, Gene Therapy, Imperial College, Emmanuel Kaye Building, Manresa Rd, London SW3 6LR, UK; j.c.davies{at}imperial.ac.uk

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The potential of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in lung imaging appears to be increasing year-on-year;1 having previously been considered a tool unlikely suitable for an air-filled organ, both hyperpolarised gas and more standard approaches are generating new interest within the field of cystic fibrosis (CF). The lack of radiation involved is an attractive feature, but are new outcome measures really needed, and if so, in which particular groups?

There is now widespread recognition that lung disease begins early in CF, but can remain undetected and therefore potentially inadequately treated. In particular, forced expiratory manoeuvres …

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