What is the normal appearance of fat and fibroglandular tissue on magnetic resonance mammography (breast MRI)?

Updated: Feb 25, 2019
  • Author: Preeti Gupta, MD, FRCR; Chief Editor: Eugene C Lin, MD  more...
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Normal fat appears moderately bright on non–fat-saturated images. For all practical purposes, normal fat does not enhance after the administration of gadolinium-based contrast material. With fat suppression, normal fat typically appears dark gray, except in areas where either paradoxical water suppression or poor fat suppression occurs; both are usually due to field inhomogeneity or incorrect preimaging tuning.

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