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Date and Location

Tuesday April 21, 2009
Honolulu, Hawaii

Hawaii Convention Center
Room 312
Refreshments to Follow

Accreditation and Credit

International Center for Postgraduate Medical Education (ICPME) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

International Center for Postgraduate Medical Education designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This program has been submitted to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) for 1.5 hours of ARRT Category A continuing education credit.

ISMRM Bronze Corporate Member Symposium

Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Hawaii Convention Center
Room 312

No preregistration required.


Benign focal liver lesions, including cysts, hemangiomas, biliary hamartomas, and focal nodular hyperplasias may be found in up to 20% of the general population.1 The liver is also a frequent site of primary and secondary malignant lesions. Hepatocellular carcinoma is the most common primary malignancy, although metastatic malignant liver lesions are more common. Most metastatic lesions originate from colorectal malignancies.

The ability to non-invasively differentiate benign from malignant focal liver lesions significantly influences patient management. Dynamic gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging, as part of a comprehensive liver MRI protocol, has emerged as an important tool for liver lesion detection and characterization, providing accurate diagnostic information without the use of ionizing radiation.

This lecture will provide a practical approach to MRI techniques for evaluating focal liver lesions and interpreting MR imaging findings, and will include a discussion of MRI contrast media currently available in the United States

1 Hussain SM, Semelka RC. Hepatic imaging: comparison of modalities.
Radiol Clin N Am. 2005;43:929-947.


Interpreting MR Imaging Findings of Focal Liver Lesions
Shahid M. Hussain, MD, PhD
Herbert B. Saichek Professor of Radiology
Director of Body MRI
Chief, Abdominal Imaging
University of Nebraska Medical Center

MRI Techniques for Evaluating Focal Liver Lesions
Donald G. Mitchell, MD
Professor of Radiology
Thomas Jefferson University

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be more confident to assess or perform the following:
  • Define which techniques can be instituted to perform and improve the quality of liver MRI exams
  • Assess the role of individual pulse sequences to develop a comprehensive liver MRI protocol
  • Reliably identify the appearance of common benign and malignant focal liver lesions
  • Evaluate the appearance of liver malignancies following surgical or therapeutic treatment
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