Fat-only Dixon: how to use it in body MRI

Reza Salari, David H. Ballard, Mark J. Hoegger, Daniel Young, Anup S. Shetty

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The Dixon method for fat/water separation is widely used to obtain uniform fat suppression using the water-only reconstruction. However, the fat-only reconstruction is potentially neglected in clinical practice, either not sent to the PACS or ignored upon imaging review. Fat-only Dixon provides a valuable tool for rapid screening for microscopic fat and problem-solving of lesions of interest. This work will review the physics of Dixon fat/water separation, some clinical applications, artifacts, and protocol design considerations of Dixon imaging, and how to integrate the Dixon method into the clinical practice of body MRI. Graphical abstract: [Figure not available: see fulltext.].

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2527-2544
Number of pages18
JournalAbdominal Radiology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2022


  • Abdominal MRI
  • Dixon
  • Fat-only
  • Microscopic fat


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