HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
New Mayo Clinic MRI technology enables noninvasive liver diagnoses

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Two recent Mayo Clinic studies have found that magnetic resonance elastography (MRE), a new imaging technique invented at Mayo Clinic, is an accurate tool for non-invasive diagnosis of liver diseases. The findings will be presented this week at the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Annual Meeting in Berlin, Germany, and Digestive Disease Week 2007 in Washington, D.C.

The liver responds to many diseases that damage its cells by developing scar tissue or fibrosis. MRE uses a modified form of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to accurately measure the hardness or elasticity of the liver. By applying vibrations to the liver, MRE obtains pictures of the mechanical waves passing through the organ. The wave pictures are then processed to generate a quantitative image of tissue stiffness.

"Healthy liver tissue is very soft, while a liver with fibrosis is firmer, and a liver with cirrhosis is almost rock-hard," says Richard Ehman, M.D., lead researcher on the MRE project. "If detected early, fibrosis of the liver can be treated, but once the disease has progressed to cirrhosis, the condition is irreversible."

Dr. Ehman and his imaging research team collaborated with Mayo Clinic gastroenterologists to study whether MRE could provide reliable and accurate diagnoses in patients with varying degrees of liver disease.

One study involved MRE examinations of 57 individuals with chronic liver disease and 20 healthy volunteers. The researchers confirmed that MRE accurately detects fibrosis with high sensitivity and specificity. Researchers also found that steatosis, which is deposits of fatty acids and triglycerides in liver cells and a common condition in patients with liver disease, did not interfere with detection of fibrosis with MRE.

"Based on this research, we are now using MRE examinations in select patients to determine liver stiffness and assess the need for liver biopsies," sa
'"/>

Contact: Elizabeth Rice
newsbureau@mayo.edu
507-284-5005
Mayo Clinic
22-May-2007


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Clinical data suggest potential versatility of ALIMTA-based regimens in lung cancer
2. Susan G. Komen for the Cure and American Society of Clinical Oncology partner in national initiative
3. Clinical review -- A psychological approach to the management of irritable bowel syndrome
4. NHLBI Asthma Clinical Research Networks and ALA ACRC Network to present at ATS 2007
5. Clinical trial data for Perforomist Inhalation Solution presented at International ATS Conference
6. Elsevier launches the Clinics on ScienceDirect
7. Clinical guidelines for blood conservation during cardiac procedures developed
8. Clinical trial data for Perforomist Inhalation Solution to be presented at ATS on May 20, 2007
9. Mayo Clinic research in cardiovascular disease presented at Experimental Biology 2007
10. Mayo Clinic study finds heart transplant patients benefit from new approach to immunosuppression
11. Clinical trial coordinators need more financial conflict-of-interest training

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:7/20/2017)... 20, 2017 (PRWEB) , ... ... ... a global provider of enterprise-grade IT operations analytics and application performance monitoring ... one of world’s largest healthcare services providers. , According to Peter Ohrenberger, ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... ... ... Doctors on Liens, the leading network of medical providers working on a ... Russell Horine, DC to their exclusive list of medical professionals. Horine Chiropractic is a ... the clinic director and his son Dr. Lee Horine and daughter-in-law Dr. Natalie Horine ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... ... July 20, 2017 , ... TCGRx announced today ... existing adherence automation lines. The ATP® Mini and InspectRx® Mini are ... standard products, but at a size and price point that can help pharmacies ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... July 20, 2017 , ... LINET, an ... latest innovation to their product line: the AVE 2 birthing bed. , Perfectly suitable ... bring a new level of comfort and efficiency to every phase of childbirth. The ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... ... July 19, 2017 , ... ... million Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant to train predoctoral dental students ... care needs in rural and underserved areas. , The Predoctoral Pediatric Training Project ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/11/2017)... , July 11, 2017  The global market for ... of approximately $394.1 million in 2016.  Although in early ... solid growth, in particular as a result of the ... and the recent introduction of a significant number of ... less-invasive testing of tumor biomarkers to guide treatment decisions. ...
(Date:7/11/2017)... , July 11, 2017 Oramed Pharmaceuticals ... a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on the development of ... Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has agreed to schedule ... completed Phase IIb trial of its oral insulin capsule ... Phase IIb trial met primary and secondary endpoints by ...
(Date:7/10/2017)... S.C. , July 10, 2017  BDI ... purchasing and patient support services organization serving specialty ... today the launch of four significant, value-added member ... market insights, better manage reimbursement and improve access ... and factor therapies. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: