Magnetic resonance elastography of the lungs

Kiaran P. McGee, Yogesh Mariappan, Rolf D. Hubmayr, Anthony Romano, Armando Manduca, Richard L. Ehman

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The lung is a structurally hierarchical, highly complex organ in which form and function are determined by a delicate balance between intrinsic and extrinsic mechanical forces. Magnetic resonance elastograpy (MRE) therefore provides a unique opportunity to non-invasively study this balance and its affect on parenchymal stiffness in both normal and diseased lungs. However, lung MRE is particularly challenging due to factors such as low signal-to-noise, organ motion, and the ability to non-invasively generate shear waves with the lung. This chapter describes the challenges, recent advances, and the potential for MRE as a new non-invasive diagnostic probe of the mechanical properties of the lung.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMagnetic Resonance Elastography
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781493915750
ISBN (Print)1493915746, 9781493915743
StatePublished - Jul 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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