Diffusion-weighted MRI in abdominal oncology: Clinical applications

Reiji Sugita, Kei Ito, Naotaka Fujita, Shoki Takahashi

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Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DWI) provides image contrast that is different from that obtained by conventional magnetic resonance techniques. Although previously, DWI has been used to evaluate various diseases of the central nervous system, several technical advances have expanded the clinical applications of DWI beyond the central nervous system. As a result, many reports have been published on the use of DWI in abdominal diseases. Particularly, abdominal DWI has now being focused on evaluation of patients with abdominal cancer. DWI can be used for pretreatment tumor detection, characterization including predicting tumor response to therapy, monitoring tumor response during therapy, and follow-up study after treatment to detect possible tumor recurrence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)832-836
Number of pages5
JournalWorld Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Feb 21


  • Abdominal neoplasms
  • Diffusion weighted magnetic resonance imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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