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Abstract #3922

Assessment of Blood Flow Hemodynamics of Liver Cirrhosis Patients After Treatment with a TIPS Stent-Graft Using a Flow-Sensitive 4D MRI Imaging at 3 Tesla

Zoran Stankovic1, Zoltan Csatari1, Bernd Jung1, Peter Deibert2, Elisabeth Panther2, Wulf Euringer1, Julia Geiger1, Wolfgang Kreisel2, Mathias Langer1, Micha

1Radiology and Medical Physics, University Medical Center Freiburg, Freiburg, Ba.-W., Germany; 2Gastroenterology, University Medical Center Freiburg, Freiburg, Ba.-W., Germany; 3Departments of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, United States

Flow-sensitive 4D MRI provides complete volumetric and temporal coverage of hepatic venous and arterial hemodynamics in liver cirrhosis patients before and after TIPS-stent-graft implantation. Flow-sensitive 4D MRI provided a complete picture of pre- and post-interventional hepatic hemodynamics with additional information compared to Doppler US in liver cirrhosis after TIPS-stent-graft implantation. TIPS-stent-graft implantation resulted in altered hemodynamics and increased velocities and flow volume in the venous as well as hepatic arterial system. Compared to Doppler Ultrasound, maximum and mean velocities and vessel area tended to be lower in MRI while flow volume, resistance and pulsatility indices were similar.