Richard L. Ehman

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Magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) is a phase-contrast-based MRI imaging technique that can directly visualize and quantitatively measure propagating acoustic strain waves in tissue-like materials subjected to harmonic mechanical excitation. The data acquired allows the calculation of local quantitative values of shear modulus and the generation of(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Accurate detection of hepatic fibrosis is crucial for assessing prognosis and candidacy for treatment in patients with chronic liver disease. Magnetic resonance (MR) elastography, a technique for quantitatively assessing the mechanical properties of soft tissues, has been shown previously to have potential for noninvasively detecting liver(More)
Magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) is a rapidly developing technology for quantitatively assessing the mechanical properties of tissue. The technology can be considered to be an imaging-based counterpart to palpation, commonly used by physicians to diagnose and characterize diseases. The success of palpation as a diagnostic method is based on the fact(More)
PURPOSE To develop a method for measuring liver stiffness with magnetic resonance (MR) elastography and to prospectively test this technique in healthy volunteers and patients with liver fibrosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS This HIPAA-compliant study was approved by an institutional review board, and informed consent was obtained from each subject. First, to(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of our study was to compare the utility of MR elastography (MRE) and diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) in characterizing fibrosis and chronic hepatitis in patients with chronic liver diseases. SUBJECTS AND METHODS Seventy-six patients with chronic liver disease underwent abdominal MRI, MRE, and DWI. Severities of liver fibrosis and(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of magnetic resonance (MR) elastography as a method to help diagnose clinically substantial fibrosis in patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and, by using MR elastography as a reference standard, to compare various laboratory marker panels in the identification of patients with NAFLD and advanced(More)
The purpose of this study was to obtain normative data using magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) (a) to obtain estimates of the shear modulus of human cerebral tissue in vivo and (b) to assess a possible age dependence of the shear modulus of cerebral tissue in healthy adult volunteers. MR elastography studies were performed on tissue-simulating gelatin(More)
OBJECTIVE Liver stiffness is associated with portal hypertension in patients with chronic liver disease. However, the relation between spleen stiffness and clinically significant portal hypertension remains unknown. The purposes of this study were to determine the feasibility of measuring spleen stiffness with MR elastography and to prospectively test the(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the diagnostic accuracy (area under the receiver operating characteristic curve [AUROC]) of magnetic resonance (MR) elastography for the early detection of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) among patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). MATERIALS AND METHODS An institutional review board-approved and HIPAA-compliant(More)
PURPOSE To measure the elastic properties of the vastus lateralis (VL), vastus medialis (VM), and sartorius (Sr) muscles using magnetic resonance elastography (MRE). MATERIALS AND METHODS To obtain a normative database of the aforementioned muscles, oblique scan directions were prescribed passing through each muscle. Shear waves were induced into the(More)