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Introduction. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) plays a key role in the non- invasive evaluation of liver pathologies, because it is capable of.
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With the use of hepatocyte-specific agents, the effects of contrast washout in the lesions and contrast accumulation in normal surrounding liver increases tumor conspicuity, improving lesion detection Figure As this technique continues to provide faster sequences, future imaging will include double arterial, or improved-resolution imaging, without significant loss of spatial resolution.

In this setting, the familiarity of the appearance of common liver lesions, following contrast administration, is required and will become the cornerstone of liver imaging by MRI.

Hepatocyte agents have allowed for the addition of a new biological property of these agents to complement the initial faster sequences. The use of contrast in MRI improves liver lesion detection. This is possible because of recent advances in image acquisition techniques that allow for excellent spatial and temporal resolution. Contrast agents that reflect the issue composition provide further information that can assist in characterizing the lesions.

A sound knowledge of the behavior and limitations of each agent enables the radiologist to optimize MRI as a problem-solving tool in the assessment of liver lesions. MR contrast agents: Applications in hepatobiliary imaging. Appl Radiol. Clinical Departments MR contrast agents: Applications in hepatobiliary imaging.

  • Review of hepatobiliary contrast agents: Current applications and challenges?
  • Liver-specific agents for contrast-enhanced MRI: role in oncological imaging.
  • Basic MRI for the liver oncologists and surgeons.
  • Contrast-enhanced Ultrasound for Liver Imaging: Recent Advances;
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Hepatobiliary agents The main application of the hepatobiliary HPB agents is in the imaging of the liver parenchyma and the biliary tree. Hepatic cyst Cysts are fluid-filled cavities, and are typically hypointense on T1W imaging and hyperintense on T2W imaging, and do not enhance Figure 1. Hemangioma With Gd-chelate agents, hemangiomas demonstrate early peripheral nodular enhancement and delayed centripetal filling-in on T1W imaging dynamic gradient recalled echo , paralleling that of CT imaging with iodinated contrast Figure 4. Focal nodular hyperplasia FNH is composed of multiple spherical aggregates of hepatocytes and proliferation of disordered biliary structures that do not communicate with the biliary tree.

Conclusion The use of contrast in MRI improves liver lesion detection. Clinical value of MRI liver-specific contrast agents: A tailored examination for a confident non-invasive diagnosis of focal liverlesions. Eur Radiol.

Imaging the Liver

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    Invest Radiol. Normal and pathologic features of the postoperative biliary tract at 3D MR cholangiopancreatography and MR imaging. Gadolinium III containing MRI contrast agents often termed simply "gado" or "gad" are the most commonly used for enhancement of vessels in MR angiography or for brain tumor enhancement associated with the degradation of the blood—brain barrier. For large vessels such as the aorta and its branches, the gadolinium III dose can be as low as 0.


    Higher concentrations are often used for finer vasculature. Thus, these are useful in enhancing lesions and tumors where blood-brain barrier is compromised and the Gd III leaks out. In the rest of the body, the Gd III initially remains in the circulation but then distributes into the interstitial space or is eliminated by the kidneys.

    Gadolinium III contrast agents can be categorized into: [ citation needed ]. Anaphylactoid reactions are rare, occurring in about 0. As a free solubized aqueous ion, gadolinium III is somewhat toxic, but was generally regarded as safe when administered as a chelated compound. However, the use of some Gd III chelates in persons with kidney disease was linked to a rare but severe complication, nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy , [9] also known as nephrogenic systemic fibrosis NSF.

    It may occur months after contrast has been injected. The World Health Organization issued a restriction on use of several gadolinium contrast agents in November stating that "High-risk gadolinium-containing contrast agents Optimark , Omniscan , Magnevist , Magnegita and Gado-MRT ratiopharm are contraindicated in patients with severe kidney problems, in patients who are scheduled for or have recently received a liver transplant, and in newborn babies up to four weeks of age.

    Gadolinium has been found to remain in the body after multiple MRIs, even after a prolonged period of time. Although gadolinium contrast agents have not been found to be harmful to the body, it is unknown whether these deposits can lead to adverse health effects. The FDA has asked doctors to limit the use of Gadolinium contrast agents to times when necessary information is made available through its use. Although not directly linked to adverse health effects in patients with normal kidney function, the possible risk of using intravenous linear chelated media, in which the gadolinium is shown to have a lower binding affinity, has led to a change in the market authorisation for all linear chelated gadolinium-based media.

    It is advised that the use of gadolinium-based media is based on careful consideration of the retention characteristics of the preferred medium. Extra care being taken in patients requiring multiple lifetime doses, pregnant and paediatric patients, and patients with inflammatory conditions.

    In magnetic resonance imaging in pregnancy , gadolinium contrast agents in the first trimester is associated with a slightly increased risk of a childhood diagnosis of several forms of rheumatism , inflammatory disorders , or infiltrative skin conditions , according to a retrospective study including infants prenatally exposed to gadolinium contrast.

    The FDA also called for increased patient education and requiring gadolinium contrast vendors to conduct additional animal and clinical studies to assess the safety of these agents. These contrast agents consist of suspended colloids of iron oxide nanoparticles and when injected during imaging reduce the T 2 signals of absorbing tissues.

    Superparamagnetic iron—platinum particles SIPPs have been reported and had significantly better T 2 relaxivities compared with the more common iron oxide nanoparticles. SIPPs were also encapsulated with phospholipids to create multifunctional SIPP stealth immuno micelles that specifically targeted human prostate cancer cells.

    In a recent study, multifunctional SIPP micelles were synthesized and conjugated to a monoclonal antibody against prostate-specific membrane antigen. Unlike the other well-studied iron oxide-based nanoparticles, research on Mn-based nanoparticles is at a relatively early stage. The chelate dissociates in vivo into manganese and DPDP where the former is absorbed intra-cellularly and excreted in bile , while the latter is eliminated via the kidney filtration. A wide variety of oral contrast agents can enhance images of the gastrointestinal tract.

    They include gadolinium and manganese chelates, or iron salts for T 1 signal enhancement. SPIO, barium sulfate , air and clay have been used to lower T 2 signal.

    Imaging the Liver

    Natural products with high manganese concentration such as blueberry and green tea can also be used for T 1 increasing contrast enhancement. Overall, the results from the efficacy analyses show that diagnostic quality scores improved after use of Mangoral. However, the results indicated a more efficient contrast enhancement of the liver than of the biliary tract and other parts of the gastrointestinal tract.

    MR images of the liver taken after administration of Mangoral showed improvement in terms of visualization of the liver, signal intensity in the liver, delineation of focal liver lesions, number of detected metastases, delineation and visualization of the size of liver metastases, delineation of the liver blood vessels and overall image quality, compared to MR images taken before Mangoral administration.


    A dose-dependency was observed for some of the efficacy variables assessed, with the mg dose giving the best balance between safety and efficacy. The results did also suggest that MRI should be performed 2 to 6 hours after Mangoral administration. With regards to the primary objective of the study, the results showed no difference in visualisation of the bile ducts between 2,5 hours and 4 hours after administration of Mangoral or between mg and mg of Mangoral.

    The efficacy on liver visibility and focal liver lesions which was a secondary objective was better after Mangoral administration, and the safety results was also in line with what was shown in the other Phase II Mangoral studies performed, i. Our lead candidate Mangoral is a liver imaging drug i. Mangoral is currently ready for Phase III clinical development. Oncoral is a novel tablet-based formulation of the well-known chemotherapeutic agent irinotecan, intended for the treatment of advanced gastric stomach cancer.

    Irinotecan is today mainly used for treating metastasized colorectal cancer. Although irinotecan is currently not approved for treating gastric cancer in the United States and in the EU, there is off-label use for this indication. Ascelia has established a development program for lead candidate Mangoral, consisting of a pivotal Phase III efficacy study and two supportive studies.