Hemodynamic Changes with Liver Fibrosis Measured by Dynamic Contrast-Enhanced MRI in the Rat

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    • KUBO Hitoshi
    • Department of Radiologic Technology, School of Health Sciences, The University of Tokushima
    • HARADA Masafumi
    • Department of Radiologic Technology, School of Health Sciences, The University of Tokushima
    • ISHIKAWA Makoto
    • Laboratory of Bioenergetics Research, Tokushima Research Institute, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
    • NISHITANI Hiromu
    • Department of Radiology, School of Medicine, The University of Tokushima


Purpose: To evaluate the hemodynamic changes of liver cirrhosis in the rat and investigate the relationship between hemodynamic changes and properties of fibrotic change in the liver.<br> Materials and Methods: Three rats with cirrhosis induced by thioacetamide (TAA), three with disease induced by carbon tetrachloride (CCl<sub>4</sub>), and three with no treatment were measured on dynamic MRI using a 1.5T scanner. Compartment and moment analysis were used to quantitate hemodynamic changes.<br> Results: Compartment model analysis showed that increased transition speed from vessels to the liver correlated with grade of liver fibrosis. Moment analysis demonstrated that decrease of area under the curve (AUC), mean residence time (MRT), variance of residence time (VRT), half life (T<sub>1/2</sub>) and increased total clearance (CL) correlated with grade of liver fibrosis.<br> Conclusions: Hemodynamic changes in injured fibrotic liver may be influenced by the grade of fibrosis. Compartment model and moment analysis may be useful for evaluating hemodynamic changes in injured liver.<br>


  • MRMS  

    MRMS 5(2), 65-71, 2006-07-10 

    Japanese Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine

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