Added value of diffusion-weighted acquisitions in MRI of the abdomen and pelvis

William A. Moore, Gaurav Khatri, Ananth J. Madhuranthakam, Robert D. Sims, Ivan Pedrosa

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OBJECTIVE. The purpose of this article is to review abdominopelvic applications of diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI), discuss advantages and limitations of DWI, and illustrate these with examples. CONCLUSION. High-quality abdominopelvic DWI can be performed routinely on current MRI systems and may offer added value in image interpretation. Particularly in unenhanced MRI examinations, DWI may provide an alternative source of image contrast and improved conspicuity to identify and potentially characterize pathology. DWI is a powerful technique that warrants implementation in routine abdominal and pelvic imaging protocols.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)995-1006
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2014


  • Abdomen
  • Apparent diffusion coefficient
  • Diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI)
  • MRI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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