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Quantitative MRI of hepatocellular carcinoma in cirrhotic and noncirrhotic livers

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      Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in cirrhotic and noncirrhotic livers was reviewed in 26 Japanese patients. Thirteen of the 15 HCC from noncirrhotic livers were iso- to low intense to surrounding parenchyma on T1-weighted spin-echo (SE) images. In contrast, seven of the 11 HCC in cirrhotic livers were high intense (p < 0.05). Signal intensity ratio and contrast-to-noise ratios of HCC in cirrhotic livers on T1-weighted images were higher (p < 0.05 and p < 0.01, respectively) than those of HCC in noncirrhotic livers.

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