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Preoperative MRI of potential living-donor-related liver transplantation using a single dose of gadobenate dimeglumine

 Joon Seok Lim  ;  Myeong-Jin Kim  ;  Joo Hee Kim  ;  Soon Il Kim  ;  Jin-Sub Choi  ;  Mi-Suk Park  ;  Young Taik Oh  ;  Hyung Sik Yoo  ;  Jong Tae Lee  ;  Ki Whang Kim 
 AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ROENTGENOLOGY, Vol.185(2) : 424-431, 2005 
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Adolescent ; Adult ; Bile Ducts/anatomy & histology ; Contrast Media* ; Feasibility Studies ; Female ; Gadolinium ; Hepatic Artery/anatomy & histology ; Hepatic Veins/anatomy & histology ; Humans ; Liver/anatomy & histology* ; Liver/blood supply ; Liver Transplantation* ; Living Donors* ; Magnetic Resonance Angiography ; Magnetic Resonance Imaging* ; Male ; Meglumine/analogs & derivatives* ; Middle Aged ; Organometallic Compounds* ; Portal Vein/anatomy & histology
OBJECTIVE. This article evaluates the feasibility of single-dose gadobenate dimeglumine–enhanced MRI as both an angiographic and biliary contrast medium for making a preoperative evaluation of the donor candidates for a living-donor-related liver transplantation. SUBJECTS AND METHODS. Eleven right hepatic lobe donors underwent MRI examinations using T1- and T2-weighted imaging and T2-weighted MR cholangiography (MRC). The MR angiography (MRA) and contrast-enhanced (CE) T1-weighted MRC images then were obtained after injecting a single dose of gadobenate dimeglumine. One radiologist and one surgeon prospectively reviewed all the MRI examinations for hepatic vascular and biliary abnormalities and compared them with the surgical findings and intraoperative cholangiograms. In addition, two blinded reviewers evaluated the two sets of MRC (T2-weighted MRC set and T2-weighted MRC plus CE-T1-weighted MRC set) retrospectively and recorded the anatomic types of the hilar biliary branching pattern along with their confidence in the interpretation. RESULTS. Prospective analysis detected the following vascular variants: hepatic arterial variation in two patients, portal venous variation in one, and a significantly large accessory hepatic vein (> 5 mm) in one. Biliary variants also were identified in two patients. All the MRI findings on the vascular and biliary anatomy were corroborated intraoperatively. Retrospective analysis showed that the mean diagnostic confidence in the combined set was significantly higher than that of the T2-weighted MRC alone by both reviewers (p < 0.05). CONCLUSION. Obtaining both MRA and CE-T1-weighted MRC is feasible using a single dose of gadobenate dimeglumine. Therefore, gadobenate dimeglumine–enhanced MRI might play a role as a preoperative imaging technique for the vascular and biliary evaluation of potential living donors.
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Kim, Ki Whang(김기황)
Kim, Myeong Jin(김명진) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7949-5402
Kim, Soon Il(김순일) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0783-7538
Kim, Joo Hee(김주희) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5383-3602
Park, Mi-Suk(박미숙) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5817-2444
Oh, Young Taik(오영택) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4438-8890
Yoo, Hyung Sik(유형식)
Lee, Jong Tae(이종태)
Lim, Joon Seok(임준석) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0334-5042
Choi, Jin Sub(최진섭)
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