Iron-Containing Abdominal Pathologies: Exploiting Magnetic Susceptibility Artifact on Dual-Echo Gradient-Echo Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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A multitude of pathologic entities involve abnormal iron deposition in the abdomen. These lesions demonstrate decreased signal on longer magnetic resonance sequences with longer echo time due to T2* effect. Dual-echo gradient-echo sequences demonstrate increased susceptibility artifact with longer echo sequences. In this article, the spectrum of iron-containing abdominal pathologies is illustrated, with their characteristic distributions. Included is a brief discussion of the physics of magnetic resonance imaging of iron-containing lesions.

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