MR imaging of the liver for surgeons

How does an MRI of the liver work and what possibilities does the MRI have to offer to surgeons?

Target group: Surgeons

Number of participants: 10-14

Duration: 1 day



Prof. Dr. med. Frank Fischbach (interventional radiologist)
Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital Magdeburg

PD Dr. med. Christoph Benckert (surgeon)

Vivantes Clinic Berlin, Department for general and visceral surgery


Course objective: Interpretation of MR imaging of the liver can be challenging for a surgeon, who is often dependent on a radiologist. In this course, a radiologist and a liver surgeon will illustratively explain the essential and most important aspects of liver MRI. The necessary sequence protocols for differential diagnosis of benign and malign liver lesions will be enriched by contributions of practitioners and illustrated by case examples. At the end of the course, participants will be familiar with the necessary MRI sequences and able to distinguish between the most common tumours of the liver.



  • 9.00 a.m.    Greeting and introduction  
  • 9.15 a.m.    Technical basics of the MRI: 

    Spins and phases 

    Liver-specific contrast agents 

    Liver MRI sequence protocols

    Presentation of case examples

    Test questions

  • 10.15 a.m.    Break
  • 10.30 a.m.    Diagnosis and differential diagnosis

    Benign lesions 

    Malign lesions

    Presentation of case examples

    Test questions

  • 1.15 p.m.    Break
  • 1.45 p.m.    Interventional and therapeutic aspects: possibilities of the open MRI  - an outlook 
  • 2.30 p.m.    Course evaluation, distribution of hand-outs and certificates 
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