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Chronic Liver Disease (HCC surveillance and pre-transplant evaluation)

MRI may be used for detection and characterization of lesions in the cirrhotic level is based on T2 signal, diffusion, and contrast enhancement characteristics. Because there is no ionizing radiation in the exam, many images with different contrasts can be obtained of the cirrhotic liver, thereby increasing the sensitivity and specificity of the exam.

NOTE: if an exam is specified as a pre-transplant evaluation, reporting will conform to specific UNOS guidelines.

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