ArticleMagnetic Resonance Imaging of the Liver: Part I: Benign Focal LesionsNamasivayam, Saravanan MD, DNB, DHA†; Martin, Diego R. MD, PhDAuthor Information Dr. Namasivayam was with the Division of Abdominal Imaging, Department of Radiology, Emory University Hospital. Dr. Martin is Professor and Director of MRI, Department of Radiology, Emory University Hospital, Building A, AT622, 1365 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30322; E-mail: email@example.com. †Deceased. After reading this article, the radiologist should be able to describe the MRI features of the various benign focal liver lesions. Dr. Namasivayam had disclosed that he had no significant relationships with or financial interests in any commercial organizations pertaining to this educational activity. Dr. Martin has disclosed that he was the recipient of grant/research support from General Electric; is/was the recipient of grant/research support from Siemens Medical Solutions; and was a consultant/advisor to Bracco and Bayer Schering. All staff in a position to control the content of this CME activity have disclosed that they have no financial relationships with, or financial interests in, any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity. Lippincott CME Institute, Inc., has identified and resolved all faculty and staff conflicts of interest regarding this educational activity. Editor's note: The topic “Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Liver” will be presented in three parts. Part I will cover benign focal lesions; Part II will cover malignant lesions; and Part III will cover diffuse liver disease. MRI offers a comprehensive imaging modality for evaluation of the liver. Recent advances using breath-hold T1-weighted fast spoiled gradient echo and rapid half-Fourier acquisition have made it possible to image the liver with high spatial resolution in a single breath-hold. MRI is becoming the imaging modality of choice for detection and characterization of liver lesions and diffuse liver disease due to high lesion-to-liver contrast, unique soft tissue contrast mechanisms, and no radiation or iodinated contrast exposure. This three-part presentation discusses the MRI features of common liver diseases. Contemporary Diagnostic Radiology: January 2008 - Volume 31 - Issue 3 - p 1-7 doi: 10.1097/01.CDR.0000310556.03260.b0 Buy Take the CME Test Metrics © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.