Mayo Clinic researchers are working to expand the range of tissues and organs 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.