Beena George1, Andriy Babsky1, George E. Sandusky2, Navin Bansal1
1Radiology, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN, United States; 2Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN, United States
The effect of hepatic fibrosis produced by diethylnitrosamine (DEN) was examined by fat and water MRI and diffusion weighted (DW) 1H MRI, separating water molecular diffusion and tissue perfusion. DEN caused an increase in liver water MRI signal intensity but no change in fat content. Fast apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), which represents perfusion, was lower in DEN treated fibrotic livers compared to control livers. Slow ADC, which represents molecular diffusion, was same in both groups. Measurement of perfusion by DW 1H MRI may be a useful marker for diagnosis of liver fibrosis.