Tsutomu Tamada1, Katsuyoshi Ito1, Hiroki Higashi1, Teruki Sone1, Akira Yamamoto1, Naoto Egashira1, Tomohiro Sato1, Fuyuki Tanaka1, Atsushi Higaki1
1Dept. of Radiology, Kawasaski Medical School, Kurashiki, Okayama, Japan
We evaluated the effect of Gd-EOB-DTPA on T2-weighted MR imaging of the liver parenchyma. Gd-EOB-DTPA had visually little impact on enhanced T2-weighted MR images obtained at 4 minutes after administration although hepatic vessels were slightly enhanced. T2-weighted MR imaging, thereby, could be performed only after contrast, thus decreasing overall imaging time. Conversely, the substantial decrease of signal intensity of liver parenchyma can be observed on T2-weighted MR images in 35 minutes. Therefore, we recommend that enhanced T2-weighted MR images should be obtained at the early period after Gd-EOB-DTPA administration between contrast-enhanced dynamic series and hepatobiliary phase imaging.