Cisterna chyli at routine abdominal MR imaging: a normal anatomic structure in the retrocrural space.

@article{Pinto2004CisternaCA,
  title={Cisterna chyli at routine abdominal MR imaging: a normal anatomic structure in the retrocrural space.},
  author={Pedro Ricardo Soares Pinto and Claude B. Sirlin and Olga Alicia Andrade-Barreto and Michele A. Brown and Robert E. Mindelzun and Robert F. Mattrey},
  journal={Radiographics : a review publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc},
  year={2004},
  volume={24 3},
  pages={809-17}
}
The cisterna chyli, a dilated lymphatic sac in the retrocrural space, represents the origin of the thoracic duct. It is seen in approximately half of lymphangiographic studies and 20% of autopsies. Highly fluid-sensitive magnetic resonance (MR) imaging sequences such as single-shot rapid acquisition with refocused echoes, which are currently used in many abdominal MR imaging protocols, frequently result in the depiction of this structure. The cisterna chyli was evident on abdominal MR images… CONTINUE READING
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