Abdominal Radiology

, Volume 43, Issue 10, pp 2790–2808 | Cite as

Interpreting body MRI cases: classic findings in abdominal MRI

  • Leann Kania
  • Flavius Guglielmo
  • Donald Mitchell
Pictorial essay


Few things in radiology are “pathognomonic” in their appearance or presentation. However, having an awareness of those findings which are specific to a certain entity is important when interpreting imaging studies. These classic findings can be identified with many imaging modalities, but no modality provides as many recognizable observations as an MRI. This results from the large variety of pulse sequences that provide high contrast resolution, prior to and following contrast administration. In this article, the most classically recognized abdominal findings are presented including the following: Liver: Cyst, hemangioma, focal nodular hyperplasia, hepatic adenoma, hemosiderosis, hepatocellular carcinoma. Spleen: Cyst, hemangioma, lymphangioma, hemosiderosis, Gandy–Gamna bodies. Biliary system: Biliary stones and choledocholithiasis, pneumobilia, choledochal cyst. Gallbladder: Adenomyomatosis, sludge, surgical clips in the gallbladder fossa. Pancreas: Pancreatic divisum, intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm, pseudocyst, autoimmune pancreatitis, chronic pancreatitis, adenocarcinoma. Kidneys: Simple cyst, hemorrhagic cyst, renal sinus cyst, angiomyolipoma, solid mass.


Abdomen MRI Dual echo Susceptibility Gadolinium 


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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. For this type of study, formal consent is not required. This article does not contain any studies with animals performed by any of the authors.

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Informed consent was not required as images were appropriately de-identified and utilized for the purpose of an educational text.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leann Kania
    • 1
  • Flavius Guglielmo
    • 1
  • Donald Mitchell
    • 1
  1. 1.RadiologyThomas Jefferson University HospitalPhiladelphiaUSA

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