Reduction of ringing artifacts in the arterial phase of gadoxetic acid-enhanced dynamic MR imaging

Akihiro Tanimoto, Nobuya Higuchi, Akihisa Ueno

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Purpose: We assessed what MR imaging parameters affected ringing artifacts during the arterial phase of gadoxetic acid-enhanced dynamic magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. Materials and Methods: We tested various parameters, including imaging matrices, choice of either sequential or elliptical centric phase-encoding scheme, scanning time, and contrast injection rate using new simulation software on a personal computer and visually evaluated clinical MR images retrospectively using a 4-point scale to assess ringing artifacts. Results: The simulation study revealed that square matrices, short scanning time, slow injection rate, and sequential view ordering effectively reduced ringing artifacts, findings confirmed in clinical practice using gadoxetic acid-enhanced MR imaging. Significantly fewer artifacts resulted using a slow injection rate (P<0.05) and using square matrices in the arterial (P<0.05), portal (P<0.01), and hepatocytic (P<0.05) phases. Conclusion: Choice of square matrix, slower injection rate, shorter scanning time, and sequential view ordering could reduce ringing artifacts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-97
Number of pages7
JournalMagnetic Resonance in Medical Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Dynamic MR imaging
  • Gadoxetic acid
  • Ringing artifact

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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