Diffusion/perfusion MR imaging of the liver: practice, challenges, and future.

  title={Diffusion/perfusion MR imaging of the liver: practice, challenges, and future.},
  author={Masayuki Kanematsu and Satoshi Goshima and Haruo Watanabe and Hiroshi Kondo and Hiroshi Kawada and Yoshifumi Noda and Noriyuki Moriyama},
  journal={Magnetic resonance in medical sciences : MRMS : an official journal of Japan Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine},
  volume={11 3},
Diffusion-weighted (DWI) magnetic resonance (MR) imaging is useful in diagnosing various pathologic conditions in the liver, such as malignant tumors or hepatic fibrosis, and is now part of routine MR imaging protocols for the liver following the development of a parallel encoding technique that has markedly improved image quality. DWI is not very sensitive for detecting hepatocellular carcinomas (HCC) and is useless for characterizing border-line hepatocellular nodules in cirrhosis, but it… CONTINUE READING


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