Recent studies have suggested the presence of a short-T2* signal component in the liver. The origin and MR properties of this signal have not been determined but have been shown to confound the liver fat quantification when using short echo times. In this work, we developed a UTE chemical shift-encoded MRI technique and a multi-component reconstruction to characterize short-T2* liver signals. A short-T2* signal fraction of 11.6±2.4% with an R2* of 2222±281s-1 was measured in seven healthy volunteers. This study demonstrated the presence of the short-T2* signal component in healthy livers and provided an initial estimate to guide future studies.