Magnetic resonance elastography of liver

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Magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) assesses tissue stiffness invivo by imaging propagating shear waves through the tissues and processing the wave information. MRE is a robust technology with excellent technical success; is applicable in almost all patients and body habitus; and has excellent reproducibility, repeatability, and interobserver agreement for assessing liver stiffness. It is currently the most accurate noninvasive technique for detection and staging of liver fibrosis and has the potential to replace liver biopsy. This article describes the principles and technique of MRE, current clinical applications, and emerging clinical indications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)433-446
Number of pages14
JournalMagnetic resonance imaging clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2014


  • Chronic liver diseases
  • Cirrhosis
  • Diffuse liver diseases
  • Focal lesions
  • Liver fibrosis
  • MR elastography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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