Atsushi Higaki1, Tsutomu Tamada1, Akihiko Kanki1, Yasufumi Noda1, Hiroki Higashi1, Takenori Yamashita1, Katsuyoshi Ito1
1Radiology, Kawasaki Medical School, Kurashiki, Okayama, Japan
We evaluated the relationships between enhancement effects of liver parenchyma in hepatobiliary phase of gadolinium ethoxybenzyl diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (Gd-EOB-DTPA) enhanced MR imaging and MR imaging findings of cirrhosis change. Hepatic parenchymal enhancement in the HP of Gd-EOB-DTPA enhanced MR imaging did not necessarily decrease according to the morphological severity of cirrhosis. This fact may suggest that the hepatic uptake of Gd-EOB-DTPA depends on the preserved hepatocytes function rather than the severity in morphologic changes in cirrhosis.