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Basic MRI for the liver oncologists and surgeons

Authors Vu LN, Morelli JN, Szklaruk J

Received 17 October 2017

Accepted for publication 8 February 2018

Published 10 April 2018 Volume 2018:5 Pages 37—50

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/JHC.S154321

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Peer reviewers approved by Dr Colin Mak

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Xin Wei Wang


Lan N Vu,1 John N Morelli,2 Janio Szklaruk1

1Department of Radiology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA; 2Department of Radiology, St. John’s Medical Center, Tulsa, OK, USA

Abstract: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the modality of choice for liver imaging due to its superior contrast resolution in comparison with computer tomography and the ability to provide both morphologic and physiologic information. The physics of MR are complex, and a detailed understanding is not required to appreciate findings on an MRI exam. Here, we attempt to introduce the basic principles of MRI with respect to hepatic imaging focusing on various commonly encountered hepatic diseases. The purpose is to facilitate an appreciation of the various diagnostic capabilities of MR among hepatic oncologists and surgeons and to foster an understanding of when MR studies may be appropriate in the care of their patients.

Keywords: basic MRI liver, HCC, tumor restricted diffusion, Eovist

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