MRI Triple Phase Liver

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Overview Brief

Multiphase MRI is more useful than CT in detecting lesions. MRI triple phase liver is one such procedure.

What is MRI triple phase liver?

MRI triple phase liver is useful to visualize arterial phase hyperintense lesions.

  • MRI triple phase liver helps in the detection of liver cancers.
  • It can be used to detect different types of liver masses as well.
  • The procedure takes place in 3 phases– Arterial, Portal Venous and Equilibrium.

MRI triple phase liver uses the difference in blood supply to find the difference between pathology and normal parenchyma.

How is MRI triple phase liver performed?

When you arrive for your MRI triple phase liver, you will be taken into the MRI scan room:

  • You will be asked to lie down on your back on the table.
  • If a contrast dye is used, it will be injected into your vein.
  • You will be advised to lie as still as possible.
  • The table will be pushed under the machine.

Once you are in the position for an MRI triple phase liver, the technician begins the scan.

Side effects/risks of MRI triple phase liver

The dye used for the MRI triple phase liver can make you feel sick. Symptoms include

  • Headache and dizziness.
  • Allergy to the dye.
  • Bruising or swelling near the injection site.

Preparation before performing MRI triple phase liver

Preparation for an MRI triple phase liver involves:

  • Removal of any metal objects on your body.
  • If there are pacemakers or surgical clips etc. in your body, the technician will need to take specific measures.
  • If you are claustrophobic, you will be given sedation or calming music to help deal with it.
  • You must not eat or drink anything for an hour or so before the MRI triple phase liver.

Post-care after MRI triple phase liver

After the MRI triple phase liver is completed, you will be asked to wait for 15 minutes before you are allowed to go. Drink plenty of fluids after the MRI triple phase liver scan. 

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