Navigation Links
New Imaging Identifies Types of Liver Disease
Date:11/1/2008

Called magnetic resonance elastography, it could eliminate need for biopsies, study finds

SATURDAY, Nov. 1 (HealthDay News) -- A new imaging technology called magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) is highly accurate in identifying liver diseases and can help eliminate the need for liver biopsies, according to Mayo Clinic researchers.

MRE, which was developed at the Mayo Clinic, produces color-coded images (elastograms) that indicate how internal organs, muscles and tissues would feel to the touch. Purple is the softest, and red is the stiffest.

"Knowing the liver's elasticity or stiffness is invaluable in diagnosing liver disease. A healthy liver is very soft, while a liver with early disease begins to stiffen. A liver with cirrhosis, advanced liver disease, can be rock hard," study co-author and hepatologist Dr. Jayant Talwalkar said in a Mayo news release.

In this study, the researchers used MRE to check 113 patients, aged 19 to 78, who had a wide variety of liver diseases and had undergone a liver biopsy within the previous year.

"Results showed that elastography was highly accurate in detecting moderate-to-severe hepatic fibrosis even with the variety in age, types of liver disease, and body size," Talwalkar said.

Fibrosis is a common condition that, if not treated in time, can lead to incurable cirrhosis.

The study found that MRE was 88 percent accurate in detecting cirrhosis and 97 percent accurate in identifying nonalcoholic fatty liver disease with no significant inflammation or fibrosis.

"Using MRE, we can confidently avoid liver biopsies for patients with no evidence of advanced fibrosis, as well as for patients with cirrhosis," Talwalkar said.

The study was expected to be presented Monday at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases annual meeting, in San Francisco.

More information

The American Liver Foundation has more about liver disease.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Mayo Clinic, news release, Nov. 1, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Mobile Imaging Innovator, Mobile Diagnostic Centers LP, Appoints New CEO : Mobile Imaging Development's Limited Partnership, Mobile Diagnostic Centers LP. Has Appointed Patrick McNamara as CEO
2. A useful imaging modality for monitoring treatment response to hepatocellular carcinoma
3. NQF Endorses Consensus Standards to Reduce Waste and Promote Safe and Effective Use of Imaging Procedures
4. Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation awards grant for imaging-agent research
5. Siemens Shapes the Future of Integrated Diagnostic Imaging
6. Novel imaging approach may assist in predicting success of treatment for atrial fibrillation
7. Bio-imaging mass spectrometry techniques reveal molecular details about complex systems
8. Molecular imaging technology used in gastric cancer
9. Block Imaging International, Inc. Partners with Dicom Solutions, Inc. to Offer New Products
10. Medical Diagnostic Imaging Group Chooses AMICAS
11. Re: Replacement of a Trustee for the Holders of Series A, Series B and Series C Notes of Elbit Imaging Ltd. (the "Company")
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
New Imaging Identifies Types of Liver Disease 
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... Many women ... diagnosed with endometriosis. These women need a treatment plan to not only alleviate ... that can help for preservation of fertility and ultimately achieving a pregnancy. The ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... Austin residents seeking Mohs surgery services, can now turn ... to Dr. Russell Peckham for medical and surgical dermatology. , Dr. Dorsey brings specialization ... selective fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery completed by Dr. Dorsey was under the direction ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... , ... "With 30 hand-drawn hand gesture animations, FCPX users can easily customize ... Pixel Film Studios. , ProHand Cartoon’s package transforms over 1,300 hand-drawn pictures into ... Simply select a ProHand generator and drag it above media or text in the ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... As a lifelong Southern Californian, Dr. Omkar ... M.D from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He trained in Internal ... complete his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the UCLA-Olive View-Cedars Sinai program where he had ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... , ... On Friday, June 10, Van Mitchell, Secretary of the Maryland Department ... in recognition of their exemplary accomplishments in worksite health promotion. , The Wellness at ... Wellness Symposium at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum Heights. iHire was one of 42 ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... Research and Markets has announced ... Type (Organic Chemical (Sugar, Petrochemical, Glycerin), Inorganic Chemical), Functionality ... - Global Forecast to 2021" report to their ... global pharmaceutical excipients market is projected to reach USD ... in the forecast period 2016 to 2021. ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... LOS ANGELES , June 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... (NASDAQ: CAPR ), a biotechnology company ... first-in-class therapeutics, today announced that patient enrollment in ... progrEssion in Duchenne) has exceeded 50% of its ... its enrollment in the third quarter of 2016, ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... and INDIANAPOLIS , June ... receiving a Lilly Diabetes Tomorrow,s Leaders Scholarship is any ... scholarship winners, announced today online at www.diabetesscholars.org ... type 1 diabetes stand in the way of academic ... supported the Foundation,s scholarship program since 2012, and continues ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: