Quantification of hepatic steatosis: A comparison of computed tomography and magnetic resonance indices in candidates for living liver donation

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Abstract

Rationale and Objectives: To evaluate, in a group of candidates for liver donation, the role of unenhanced computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) as noninvasive means to measure hepatic steatosis (HS). Materials and Methods: Sixty-one consecutive candidates underwent CT and MR evaluation for liver donation within 3weeks of liver biopsy. On CT, three methods of HS quantification were evaluated: the measurement of hepatic attenuation (CT L), the ratio of hepatic attenuation to splenic attenuation (CT L/S), and the difference between the hepatic and splenic attenuation (CT L-S). On MR, HS was reported in terms of fat signal fraction (FSF) using in-phase/opposed-phase and fat/non-fat- saturated images, with and without normalization with the spleen (T1W IP/OP FSF, T1W IP/OP FSF spleen and T2W±FS FSF, TW2±FS FSF spleen). The accuracy of each imaging index in the diagnosis of HS, according to various thresholds, was assessed using receiver operating characteristic analysis. Results: On biopsy, 35 donors showed no significant HS (

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)507-513
Number of pages7
JournalAcademic Radiology
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014

Keywords

  • Biopsy
  • Computed tomography
  • Liver
  • Magnetic resonance
  • Steatosis
  • Transplant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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