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World J Hepatol. Dec 27, 2013; 5(12): 654-665
Published online Dec 27, 2013. doi: 10.4254/wjh.v5.i12.654
Magnetic resonance evaluations of biliary malignancy and condition at high-risk for biliary malignancy: Current status
Reiji Sugita
Reiji Sugita, Department of Radiology, Sendai City Medical Center, Miyagino-ku 983-0824, Japan
Author contributions: Sugita R solely contributed to this paper.
Correspondence to: Reiji Sugita, MD, Department of Radiology, Sendai City Medical Center, 5-22-1, Tsurugaya, Miyagino-ku 983-0824, Japan.
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Received: July 3, 2013
Revised: October 31, 2013
Accepted: December 9, 2013
Published online: December 27, 2013
Core Tip

Core tip: Tumors of the biliary tree are relatively rare; but their incidence is rising worldwide. When biliary disease is suspected, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can often help differentiate between benignity and malignancy, stage tumors, select surgical candidates and guide surgical planning. Nowadays remarkable technical advances in magnetic resonance technology have expanded the clinical applications of MRI in case of biliary diseases. In this article, it is also discussed how recent developments in MRI contributes to the diagnosis of the bile duct cancer and the evaluation of patients with risk factors affecting bile duct cancer.