MRI: Axial abdomen  
 

This is an axial T1-weighted MRI of the abdomen. An MRI can provide certain details that a CT image cannot. Remember that fat appears bright in a T1-weighted image and connective tissue elements (e.g. ligaments) appear dark. In this particular MRI sequence, moving blood appears black.

 
 

Identify the following:

1. liver

2. falciform ligament with fat around it

3. spleen

4. kidneys

5. aorta

6. inferior vena cava

7. superior mesenteric artery

8. pancreas

9. portal vein

10. retroperitoneal space (fat)

 
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