Objective: We established normal ranges for native T1 and T2 values in the human liver using a 1.5 T whole-body imager (General Electric) and we evaluated their variation across hepatic segments and their association with age and sex. Materials and methods: One-hundred healthy volunteers aged 20-70 years (50% females) underwent MRI. Modified Look-Locker inversion recovery and multi-echo fast-spin-echo sequences were used to measure hepatic native global and segmental T1 and T2 values, respectively. Results: T1 and T2 values exhibited good intra- and inter-observer reproducibility (coefficient of variation < 5%). T1 value over segment 4 was significantly lower than the T1 values over segments 2 and 3 (p < 0.0001). No significant regional T2 variability was detected. Segmental and global T1 values were not associated with age or sex. Global T2 values were independent from age but were significantly lower in males than in females. The lower and upper limits of normal for global T1 values were, respectively, 442 ms and 705 ms. The normal range for global T2 values was 35 ms-54 ms in males and 39 ms-54 ms in females. Discussion: Liver T1 and T2 mapping is feasible and reproducible and the provided normal ranges may help to establish diagnosis and progression of various liver diseases.

Liver T1 and T2 mapping in a large cohort of healthy subjects: normal ranges and correlation with age and sex

Carnevale, Aldo
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Passantino, Cristina;Giganti, Melchiore;Cossu, Alberto
2024

Abstract

Objective: We established normal ranges for native T1 and T2 values in the human liver using a 1.5 T whole-body imager (General Electric) and we evaluated their variation across hepatic segments and their association with age and sex. Materials and methods: One-hundred healthy volunteers aged 20-70 years (50% females) underwent MRI. Modified Look-Locker inversion recovery and multi-echo fast-spin-echo sequences were used to measure hepatic native global and segmental T1 and T2 values, respectively. Results: T1 and T2 values exhibited good intra- and inter-observer reproducibility (coefficient of variation < 5%). T1 value over segment 4 was significantly lower than the T1 values over segments 2 and 3 (p < 0.0001). No significant regional T2 variability was detected. Segmental and global T1 values were not associated with age or sex. Global T2 values were independent from age but were significantly lower in males than in females. The lower and upper limits of normal for global T1 values were, respectively, 442 ms and 705 ms. The normal range for global T2 values was 35 ms-54 ms in males and 39 ms-54 ms in females. Discussion: Liver T1 and T2 mapping is feasible and reproducible and the provided normal ranges may help to establish diagnosis and progression of various liver diseases.
2024
Meloni, Antonella; Carnevale, Aldo; Gaio, Paolo; Positano, Vincenzo; Passantino, Cristina; Pepe, Alessia; Barison, Andrea; Todiere, Giancarlo; Grigoratos, Chrysanthos; Novani, Giovanni; Pistoia, Laura; Giganti, Melchiore; Cademartiri, Filippo; Cossu, Alberto
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