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Abstract #4741

Relevance of susceptibility weighted imaging with phase (SWIp) in Cholelithiasis

Jaladhar Neelavalli1, Rakesh Kumar Gupta2, Anandh Kilpattu Ramaniharan1, Pradeep Kumar Gupta2, Karthick Raj Rajendran3, and Rupsa Bhattacharjee3

1Philips Innovation Campus, Philips India Limited, Bengaluru, India, 2Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram, India, 3Philips India Limited, Gurugram, India

Cholelithiasis, which is presence of stones in the biliary anatomy, is a common clinical condition with an incidence of up to 15% worldwide. Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) is a standard MR technique used for diagnosing this condition. However, MRCP’s sensitivity is low when the stones are smaller than 5mm. These stones often contain trace amounts of minerals that are dia/paramagnetic. SWI is highly sensitive to susceptibility differences and hence we hypothesized that it may play a role in clinical evaluation of presence of gallstones. In this work we evaluated this hypothesis by imaging patients with Cholelithiasis using a modified SWI sequence.

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