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Magnetic Resonance Elastography of Liver: Clinical Applications

Venkatesh, Sudhakar K. MD, FRCR; Yin, Meng PhD; Ehman, Richard L. MD

Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography:
doi: 10.1097/RCT.0000000000000032
Gastrointestinal Imaging

Abstract: Magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) has been successfully implemented in the assessment of diffuse liver diseases. Currently, MRE is the most accurate noninvasive technique for detection and staging of liver fibrosis with a potential to replace liver biopsy. Magnetic resonance elastography is able to differentiate isolated fatty liver disease from steatohepatitis with or without fibrosis. Potential clinical applications include the differentiation of benign and malignant focal liver masses and the assessment of treatment response in diffuse liver diseases.

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From the Department of Radiology Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.

Received for publication August 11, 2013; accepted October 8, 2013.

Reprints: Sudhakar K. Venkatesh, MD, FRCR, Department of Radiology Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (e-mail:

Meng Yin and Richard L. Ehman receive royalties and have stock options for the development of MRE technology. Richard L. Ehman serves as uncompensated chief executive officer and Board member of Resoundant, Inc., a company established by Mayo Clinic to make MRE technology available.

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins