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Eur Radiol. 2015 May;25(5):1384-91. doi: 10.1007/s00330-014-3536-8. Epub 2014 Dec 2.

Imaging-based evaluation of liver function: comparison of ⁹⁹mTc-mebrofenin hepatobiliary scintigraphy and Gd-EOB-DTPA-enhanced MRI.

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Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Charité Campus Virchow-Klinikum, Augustenburger Platz 1, 13353, Berlin, Germany,



To compare Gd-EOB-enhanced MRI and (99m)Tc-mebrofenin hepatobiliary scintigraphy (HBS) as imaging-based liver function tests for separate evaluation of right (RLL) and left liver lobe (LLL) function.


Fourteen patients underwent Gd-EOB-enhanced MRI and (99m)Tc-mebrofenin HBS after portal vein embolization within 24 h. Relative enhancement (RE) and hepatic uptake index (HUI) were determined from MRI; and T max, T 1/2 and mebrofenin uptake were determined from HBS, all values separately for RLL and LLL.


Mebrofenin uptake correlated significantly with HUI and RE for both liver lobes. There was strong correlation of mebrofenin uptake with HUI for RLL (r (2) = 0.802, p = 0.001) and RE for LLL (r (2) = 0.704, p = 0.005) and moderate correlation with HUI for LLL (r (2) = 0.560, p = 0.037) and RE for RLL (r (2) = 0.620, p = 0.018). Correlating the percentage share of RLL function derived from MRI (with HUI) with the percentage of RLL function derived from mebrofenin uptake revealed a strong correlation (r (2) = 0.775, p = 0.002).


Both RE and HUI correlate with mebrofenin uptake in HBS. The results suggest that Gd-EOB-enhanced MRI and (99m)Tc-mebrofenin HBS may equally be used to separately determine right and left liver lobe function.


• Information about liver function can be acquired with routine Gd-EOB-MRI. • Gd-EOB-MRI and (99m) Tc-mebrofenin HBS show elevated function of non-embolized lobe. • Gd-EOB-MRI and (99m) Tc-mebrofenin HBS can determine lobar liver function.

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