ResearchBy Mayo Clinic Staff
Mayo Clinic researchers are working to expand the range of tissue and organ systems that can be noninvasively imaged using MRE. Conditions for which MRE might someday be used include:
- Breast cancer. Researchers are working on using MRE to distinguish benign from cancerous tumors.
- Musculoskeletal disease. Researchers are using MRE to measure the stiffness of muscle as a way to noninvasively assess muscle in normal and disease states.
- Alzheimer's disease. MRE has potential to show changes in brain mechanical properties, possibly leading to new methods for diagnosing Alzheimer's disease at an earlier stage.
- Brain tumors. Mayo researchers are testing MRE for evaluating brain tumors, as an aid to surgical planning.
- Heart disease. Mayo investigators have adapted MRE to assess the mechanical properties of the heart. This technology has potential to help in diagnosis of heart failure.
- Kidney disease. MRE may provide new ways to diagnose kidney fibrosis and to assess disease progression.
Read more about research in the Mayo Clinic Magnetic Resonance Imaging Laboratory.
See a list of publications by Mayo doctors on magnetic resonance elastography on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.
June 06, 2014
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- De Souza DAT, et al. Modern imaging evaluation of the liver: Emerging MR imaging techniques and indications. Magnetic Resonance Imaging Clinics of North America. 2013;21:337.
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- Korsmo MJ, et al. Magnetic resonance elastography noninvasively detects in-vivo renal medullary fibrosis secondary to swine renal artery stenosis. Investigative Radiology. 2013;48:61.