Functional MR imaging of the abdomen

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In this article, functional magnetic resonance (MR) imaging techniques in the abdomen are discussed. Diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) increases the confidence in detecting and characterizing focal hepatic lesions. The potential uses of DWI in kidneys, adrenal glands, bowel, and pancreas are outlined. Studies have shown potential use of quantitative dynamic contrast-enhanced MR imaging parameters, such as Ktrans, in predicting outcomes in cancer therapy. MR elastography is considered to be a useful tool in staging liver fibrosis. A major issue with all functional MR imaging techniques is the lack of standardization of the protocol.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)883-903
Number of pages21
JournalRadiologic Clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2014


  • Diffusion-weighted imaging
  • Dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging
  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging
  • Intravoxel incoherent motion
  • Magnetic resonance elastography
  • Magnetic resonance perfusion
  • Tumor response assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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