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Title: Diagnostic challenges and pitfalls in MR imaging with hepatocyte-specific contrast agents.
Austin Authors: Goodwin, Mark D ;Dobson, Julie E ;Sirlin, Claude B;Lim, Beng Ghee;Stella, Damien L
Affiliation: Department of Radiology, Austin Health, 145 Studley Road, Heidelberg, Melbourne, VIC 3084, Australia
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2011
Publication information: Radiographics : A Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc; 31(6): 1547-68
Abstract: The use of gadolinium-based hepatocyte-specific contrast agents (HSCAs) has increased markedly since their introduction, and hepatocellular phase imaging performed with an HSCA is now a key part of the standard magnetic resonance (MR) imaging work-up for focal liver lesions. An understanding of the mechanisms of action of HSCAs helps ensure their effective use. The optimal delay for hepatocellular phase image acquisition differs between the two currently available HSCAs, gadoxetic acid and gadobenate dimeglumine, and MR imaging protocols must be adjusted accordingly. In addition, familiarity with typical and atypical appearances of benign and malignant focal liver lesions at HSCA-enhanced hepatocellular phase MR imaging, along with knowledge of the processes that are most likely to produce atypical appearances, is required to achieve optimal diagnostic accuracy.
Gov't Doc #: 21997981
DOI: 10.1148/rg.316115528
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Contrast Media.diagnostic use
Diagnosis, Differential
Gadolinium DTPA.diagnostic use
Liver Diseases.diagnosis
Magnetic Resonance Imaging.methods
Meglumine.analogs & derivatives.diagnostic use
Organometallic Compounds.diagnostic use
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