What is the role of MRI in the diagnosis of Budd-Chiari syndrome?

Updated: Oct 10, 2018
  • Author: Praveen K Roy, MD, AGAF; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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MRI, which has a sensitivity and specificity of 90% or higher, is becoming increasingly useful in providing less-invasive venography, angiography, and cholangiography findings. [24] MRI may assist in differentiating acute from chronic Budd-Chiari syndrome, because it is able to provide a larger image of the vasculature, as well as determine if edema of the parenchyma is present (acute form).


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