Liver protocol (MRI)

A.Prof Frank Gaillard et al.

Examination of the liver with MRI requires numerous sequences and imaging at multiple times after the administration of gadolinium. Many variations exist, but a typical protocol would include: 

  • T2
  • T2 fat sat
  • T1 weighted gradient echo in and out of phase
  • T1 2D or 3D gradient echo equences (e.g. VIBE)
  • T1 2D or 3D gradient echo equences (e.g. VIBE) at
    • arterial phase: 20-25 seconds
    • portal venous phase: 60-70 seconds
    • equilibrium phase: 3-5 minutes
    • hepatobiliary delayed phase: 10-30 minutes with and without fat sat
    • later delayed phase: 1 hour +/- 3 hours in some institutions

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Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Hepatic MRI protocol
  • Standard liver MR protocol

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