Last updated on January 2019

Assessment of Novel MRI Quantification Free Breathing Technique in Evaluation of Liver Lesions


Brief description of study

The primary objective of this study is to develop and validate simultaneous free-breathing 4D fat and water quantification and quantitative dynamic contrast enhanced perfusion in the liver. Secondary aims include developing and validating free breathing quantification of relaxation parameters T1 and T2, and developing and validating a minimal breath-hold (< 8 s) high quality diffusion exam using highly accelerated steady state diffusion imaging sequences. Investigators aim to scan 100 subjects receiving liver biopsies as a part of their standard care and another 70 subjects with known benign lesions. The study is greater than minimal risk.

Detailed Study Description

The investigators hypothesize that a quantitative and near free-breathing MRI approach with Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients will lead to improved tissue characterization, resulting in fewer ambiguous readings and thus fewer biopsies. As each component of the proposed methodology has been experimentally validated in the investigators preliminary work, the next appropriate step would be to evaluate the clinical feasibility of the exam. The investigators goal is to test the ability of quantitative MRI techniques to provide high quality images of the liver and to differentiate liver lesions from one another in a time frame shorter than a current clinical exam.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT02095678

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Vikas Gulani, MD

University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
Cleveland, OH United States
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Recruitment Status: Open


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