What are the advantages of MRI for the diagnosis of conjugated hyperbilirubinemia?

Updated: Jul 31, 2019
  • Author: Richard A Weisiger, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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MRI offers the following advantages:

  • Requires no exposure to ionizing radiation (ie, safe in pregnancy)

  • Permits multiple contrast agents and multiple scanning techniques, which enhance potential information content

  • Permits guided needle biopsies (open MRI systems only)

  • With special contrast agents, can evaluate bile and pancreatic ducts


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