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Abstract #0887

Clinical Performance of a Non-contrast MR Angiography Protocol in the Pre-Transplant Evaluation of the Liver Vasculature

Jeremy Collins1, Eric Keller2, Edouard Semaan3, Riad Salem2, Maria Carr2, Michael Markl2, and James C Carr2

1Radiology, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, United States, 2Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, United States, 3Chicago, IL, United States

Assessment of the hepatic vasculature is critical as part of the pre-liver transplant evaluation. The prevalence of renal insufficiency and concerns regarding gadolinium administration in this cohort has created a need for a non-contrast alternative for vascular assessment. We evaluated the clinical performance of a non-contrast MRA (NCMRA) protocol at 3T in the assessment of the hepatic vasculature in patients with cirrhosis, with contrast-enhanced MRA (CEMRA) as the reference standard. The NCMRA protocol was diagnostic in 94% of subjects, identifying all relevant variant anatomy. Clinically available NCMRA techniques when combined into a comprehensive protocol enable assessment of the hepatic vasculature.

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