Value of 3 Tesla diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging for assessing liver fibrosis

Authors Lavrentios Papalavrentios, Emmanouil Sinakos, Danai Chourmouzi, Prodromos Hytiroglou, Konstantinos Drevelegas, Manos Constantinides, Antonios Drevelegas, Jayant Talwalkar, Evangelos Akriviadis.


Background Limited data are available regarding the role of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), particularly the new generation 3 Tesla technology, and especially diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) in predicting liver fibrosis. The aim of our pilot study was to assess the clinical performance of the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) of liver parenchyma for the assessment of liver fibrosis in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

Methods 18 patients with biopsy-proven NAFLD underwent DWI with 3 Tesla MRI. DWI was performed with single-shot echo-planar technique at b values of 0-500 and 0-1000 s/mm2. ADC was measured in four locations in the liver and the mean ADC value was used for analysis. Staging of fibrosis was performed according to the METAVIR system.

Results The median age of patients was 52 years (range 23-73). The distribution of patients in different fibrosis stages was: 0 (n=1), 1 (n=7), 2 (n=1), 3 (n=5), 4 (n=4). Fibrosis stage was poorly associated with ADC at b value of 0-500 s/mm2 (r= -0.30, P=0.27). However it was significantly associated with ADC at b value of 0-1000 s/mm2 (r= -0.57, P=0.01). For this b value (0-1000 s/mm2) the area under receiver-operating characteristic curve was 0.93 for fibrosis stage ≥3 and the optimal ADC cut-off value was 1.16 ×10-3 mm2/s.

Conclusion 3 Tesla DWI can possibly predict the presence of advanced fibrosis in patients with

Keywords Liver fibrosis, non-alcoholic fatty liver, diffusion-weighted imaging, 3 Tesla

Ann Gastroenterol 2015; 28 (1): 118-123

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