Daniel V. Litwiller1, Yogesh Mariappan1, Richard L. Ehman1
The gradual liquefaction of the ocular vitreous body with age can lead to retinal detachment and loss of sight. Although retinal detachment is a simple condition to diagnose, historically, means to evaluate the mechanical properties of the vitreous body have been invasive and technically challenging. The development of a reliable, noninvasive measurement technique would improve our understanding of the underlying physiology of this condition, and aid in evaluating patients and potential treatments. The purpose of this work was to investigate the utility of MR elastography as a noninvasive means to quantify the viscoelastic properties of the vitreous body.