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Magnetic resonance imaging of focal and diffuse hepatic disease.
Siegelman ES, Outwater EK
Semin Ultrasound CT MR. 1998;19(1):2.
MRI is a powerful tool in the detection and characterization of both focal and diffuse liver pathology. Because of superior soft tissue characterization, direct multi-planar capabilities and lack of ionizing radiation, current state of the art MRI is useful when contrast CT is relatively contraindicated or not definitive. This article reviews the MRI findings of the most common focal and diffuse liver diseases encountered in clinical practice. Reviews of current MR techniques and MR contrast agents used in liver imaging have been recently published. For this article, discussion of specific techniques and use of contrast is addressed for each pathological entity discussed.
Department of Radiology, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia 19104-4283, USA.