Pictorial Essay

Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 41, Issue 9, pp 1183-1197

Characterization of pediatric liver lesions with gadoxetate disodium

  • Arthur B. MeyersAffiliated withDepartment of Radiology, MLC 5031, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • , Alexander J. TowbinAffiliated withDepartment of Radiology, MLC 5031, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Email author 
  • , Suraj SeraiAffiliated withDepartment of Radiology, MLC 5031, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • , James I. GellerAffiliated withDepartment of Hematology-Oncology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • , Daniel J. PodbereskyAffiliated withDepartment of Radiology, MLC 5031, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

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Abstract

Gadoxetate disodium (Gd-EOB-DTPA) is a relatively new hepatobiliary MRI contrast agent. It is increasingly used in adults to characterize hepatic masses, but there is little published describing its use in children. The purpose of this paper is to describe our pediatric MRI protocol as well as the imaging appearance of pediatric liver lesions using gadoxetate disodium. As a hepatocyte-specific MRI contrast agent, Gd-EOB-DTPA has the potential to improve characterization and provide a more specific diagnosis of pediatric liver masses.

Keywords

Pediatric liver tumors Pediatric liver MRI Gadoxetate disodium