Non-Invasive Assessment of Liver Fibrosis with 31P-Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and Dynamic Contrast Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
The present study aims at demonstrating phosphorus metabolite concentration changes and alterations in uptake/excretion of a hepatocyte specific contrast agent in patients with diffuse - or suspected diffuse - liver disease by applying two non-invasive quantitative MR techniques and to compare the results with histo-pathological findings, with focus on liver fibrosis.
In the first study phosphorus-31 MR spectroscopy using slice selection (DRESS) was implemented. Patients with histopathologically proven diffuse liver disease (n = 9) and healthy individuals (n = 12) were examined. The patients had significantly lower concentrations of phosphodiesters (PDE) and ATP compared with controls. Constructing an ‘anabolic charge’ (AC) based on absolute concentrations, [PME] / ([PME] + [PDE]), the patients had a significant larger AC than the control subjects.
The MRS technique was then, in a second study, applied on two distinct groups of patients, one group with steatosis and none-to-moderate inflammation (n = 13) and one group with severe fibrosis or cirrhosis (n = 16). A control group (n = 13) was also included. Lower concentrations of PDE and a higher AC were found in the cirrhosis group compared to the control group. Also compared to the steatosis group, the cirrhosis group had lower concentrations of PDE and a higher AC. A significant correlation between fibrosis stage and PDE and fibrosis stage and AC was found. Using an AC cut-off value of 0.27 to discriminate between mild (stage 0-2) and advanced (stage 3-4) fibrosis yielded an AUROC value of 0.78, similar as for discriminating between F0-1 vs. F2-4.
Dynamic contrast enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI) was performed prospectively in a third study on 38 patients referred for evaluation of elevated serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and/or alkaline phosphatase (ALP) levels. Data were acquired from regions of interest in the liver and spleen by using single-breath-hold symmetrically sampled two-point Dixon 3D images time-series (non-enhanced, arterial and venous portal phase; 3, 10, 20 and 30 min) following a bolus injection of Gd-EOB-DTPA (0.025 mmol/kg). A new quantification procedure for calculation of the ‘hepatocyte specific uptake rate’, KHep, was applied on a two-compartment pharmacokinetic model. Liver-to-spleen contrast ratios (LSC_N) were also calculated. AUROC values of 0.71, 0.80 and 0.78, respectively, were found for KHep, LSC_N10 and LSC_N20 with regard to severe versus mild fibrosis. Significant group differences were found for KHep (borderline), LSC_N10 and LSC_N20.
In study four no significant correlation between visual assessments of bile ducts excretion of Gd-EOB-DTPA and histo-pathological grading of fibrosis or the quantified uptake of Gd-EOB-DTPA defined as KHep and LSC_N.
In conclusion 31P-MRS and DCE-MRI show promising results for achieving a non-invasive approach in discriminating different levels of fibrosis from each other.
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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2013. , 72 p.
Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 1351
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-90154ISBN: 978-91-7519-705-0N (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-90154DiVA: diva2:612205
2013-03-15, Eken, Hälsouniversitetet, Campus US, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 09:00 (Swedish)
Leander, Peter, Docent
Wirell, Staffan, UniversitetslektorLundberg, Peter, Adj professor
FunderSwedish Research Council
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