Purpose: To compare the effects of gadoxetic acid and gadoteric acid on the image quality of single-breath-hold, triple (first, second, and third) arterial hepatic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Methods: Two hundred and eleven patients were divided into two groups according to the contrast materials used (gadoxetic acid, 108 patients and gadoteric acid, 103 patients). All 3.0-T MR examinations included triple arterial phase acquisition using the 4D enhanced T1-weighted high-resolution isotropic volume examination (eTHRIVE) keyhole technique. The image qualities of the pre-contrast and triple arterial phases were assessed in terms of image artifacts, sharpness of the intrahepatic vessel and liver edge, and overall image quality with a 5-point scale for qualitative analysis. Results: The image quality of gadoxetic acid-enhanced liver MRI in the triple arterial phases was significantly degraded compared with that of gadoteric acid-enhanced liver MRI, although better image scores were observed in the pre-contrast images in the gadoxetic acid group (P < 0.001). The overall image quality gradually improved from the first to the third arterial phases in both groups (P < 0.003). Conclusions: Intravenous gadoxetic acid could have a detrimental effect on image quality of triple arterial phase MRI with the 4D eTHRIVE Keyhole technique. The third arterial phase images had the best image qualities; thus, they could be used as key scans.
- Contrast media
- Image quality
- Magnetic resonance imaging
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging