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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: M. Khurram Afzal, MD [2]

Overview

An abdominal MRI may be helpful in the diagnosis of alcoholic liver disease. Findings on MRI can not confirm the cause of the liver disease but they are suggestive of underlying liver disease. An MRI can be expensive as an initial choice of diagnostic study and does not yield any advantages when compared to an ultrasound in the setting of alcoholic steatosis.

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An abdominal MRI may be suggestive of underlying liver disease and findings on MRI include:[1][2][3]

References

  1. Okazaki H, Ito K, Fujita T, Koike S, Takano K, Matsunaga N (2000). "Discrimination of alcoholic from virus-induced cirrhosis on MR imaging". AJR Am J Roentgenol. 175 (6): 1677–81. PMID 11090403. doi:10.2214/ajr.175.6.1751677. 
  2. Awaya H, Mitchell DG, Kamishima T, Holland G, Ito K, Matsumoto T (2002). "Cirrhosis: modified caudate-right lobe ratio". Radiology. 224 (3): 769–74. PMID 12202712. doi:10.1148/radiol.2243011495. 
  3. Rofsky NM, Fleishaker H (1995). "CT and MRI of diffuse liver disease". Semin. Ultrasound CT MR. 16 (1): 16–33. PMID 7718279. 

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