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BioMed Research International
Volume 2017, Article ID 2598358, 8 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/2598358
Clinical Study

MR Lymphangiography: A Practical Guide to Perform It and a Brief Review of the Literature from a Technical Point of View

1Diagnostic Imaging, Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Senese, Viale Bracci 10, 53100 Siena, Italy
2Department of Medical, Surgical and Neuro Sciences, Diagnostic Imaging, University of Siena, Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Senese, Viale Bracci 10, 53100 Siena, Italy
3Department of Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Siena, Viale Bracci 10, 53100 Siena, Italy
4Department of Surgical and Biomedical Sciences, Division of Radiology 2, Perugia University, S. Maria Della Misericordia Hospital, Perugia, Italy

Correspondence should be addressed to Susanna Guerrini; moc.liamg@susinirreug

Received 13 November 2016; Accepted 19 January 2017; Published 7 March 2017

Academic Editor: Martin G. Mack

Copyright © 2017 Francesco Giuseppe Mazzei et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

We propose a practical approach for performing high-resolution MR lymphangiography (MRL). We shall discuss and illustrate the technical approach for the visualization of lymphatic vessels in patients suffering from lymphedema, how to distinguish lymphatic vessels from veins, and MRL role in supermicrosurgery treatment planning. A brief review of literature, from a technical point of view, is also reported.