Advances in MR Imaging of the Biliary Tract

Christopher L. Welle*, Frank H. Miller, Benjamin M. Yeh

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Imaging of the biliary system has improved and has allowed MR to become a key noninvasive tool for evaluation of the biliary system. A variety of magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography techniques have been developed, with improved visualization of the biliary system and biliary pathology. Key avenues of advancement include increasing the speed of acquisition, improving spatial resolution, and reducing artifacts. T1-weighted imaging using gadolinium-based hepatobiliary contrast agents allows for evaluation in additional indications, such as liver donor evaluation, biliary leak identification, and choledochal cyst confirmation. There is potential for further increased utility of MR in the evaluation of the biliary system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-352
Number of pages12
JournalMagnetic Resonance Imaging Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2020


  • Biliary
  • Imaging advances
  • MR Imaging
  • Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP)
  • Reducing artifacts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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