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MRI to Measure Liver Fat Content

This study has been completed.
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National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) Identifier:
First received: January 3, 2008
Last updated: June 30, 2017
Last verified: June 15, 2011

This study will determine whether a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test of the liver can accurately measure the amount of fat in the liver compared to the results of a liver biopsy.

People 18 years of age and older who are scheduled to have or who have already had a liver biopsy as part of their medical care within 1 month of enrollment in this study may be eligible to participate.

Participants undergo an MRI. For this procedure, the subject lies still on a table that slides into a narrow metal cylinder (the MRI scanner) for 30 to 60 minutes. A special pad or tube is placed around the abdomen to improve the image of the liver obtained. Earplugs are placed in the ears to muffle loud thumping and knocking sounds that occur with the electrical switching of the magnetic field. The findings of the MRI are compared with those of the liver biopsy.

Condition Intervention
Fatty Liver Hepatitis Procedure: Diagnostic Radiology: 1H-MRS of the liver

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
Official Title: Validation of (1)H-Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy for Quantification of Hepatic Triglyceride Content

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Further study details as provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Validate 1H-Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy to assess hepatic steatosis

Enrollment: 53
Study Start Date: December 20, 2007
Study Completion Date: June 15, 2011
Primary Completion Date: July 1, 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:
Percutaneous liver biopsy remains the gold standard test to evaluate hepatic fat content, fibrosis and cirrhosis, but there is growing interest in the application of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques such as (1)H-Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy ((1)H-MRS) as a non-invasive approach to quantify these characteristics. The ability to accurately quantify hepatic metabolites, such as intrahepatic lipid, has important implications for clinical evaluation and management of patients with liver related diseases and may obviate the need for liver biopsies in a number of clinical settings. The current proposal is designed to develop and validate hepatic (1)H-MRS capabilities at the NIH Clinical Center and to use this technique in a subsequent study to estimate the prevalence of hepatic steatosis among persons living with HIV/AIDS. In the present study we propose to complete MRI with (1)H-MRS in 70 adults who will be undergoing percutaneous liver biopsy in order to establish the ability of (1)H-MRS to accurately assess hepatic fat content compared to histopathological scoring.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Age 18+, male or female

Planned liver biopsy or liver biopsy within the past month with pathology samples available to be read at NIH CC


Known current pregnancy or pregnancy within 6 months

Contraindications to MRI

Subject is deemed unable to comply with requirements of study participation

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00594412

United States, Maryland
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number): Identifier: NCT00594412     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 080034
Study First Received: January 3, 2008
Last Updated: June 30, 2017

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):
1H-Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
Hepatic Steatosis
Liver Fat
Liver Biopsy
Fatty Liver

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Fatty Liver
Liver Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Liver Extracts
Hematinics processed this record on August 18, 2017