Non-invasive Quantification of Liver Iron With MRI

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Wisconsin, Madison Identifier:
First received: August 17, 2011
Last updated: June 16, 2015
Last verified: June 2015

The purpose of this study is to validate magnetic resonance imaging as a biomarker of hepatic iron concentration (HIC). Excessive accumulation of iron in the body is highly toxic, specifically in the liver. Accurate, non-invasive assessment of HIC is needed for diagnosis, quantitative staging and treatment monitoring or hepatic iron overload.

Condition Intervention
Iron Overload
Device: Non-contrast MRI

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: Non-invasive Quantification of Liver Iron With MRI

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Accuracy and robustness of non-contrast R2*-MRI for measuring hepatic iron concentration [ Time Frame: 1 year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 50
Study Start Date: January 2012
Study Completion Date: June 2015
Primary Completion Date: June 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Device: Non-contrast MRI
    Non-contrast MRI will be performed on each subject, at both 1.5T and 3.0T. Different MRI sequences (spin-echo and gradient-echo) will be used, with varying acquisition parameters (e.g., echo times, spatial resolution).
Detailed Description:

Excessive accumulation of iron in the body can result from abnormal intestinal absorption in hereditary hemochromatosis or repeated intravenous blood transfusions (ie: transfusional hemosiderosis). Excess body iron is highly toxic, and requires treatment aimed at reducing body iron stores. Measurement of body iron stores is critical for detection of iron overload, staging its severity and monitoring of iron-reducing therapies that are often extremely expensive (>$40,000/year) and carry their own toxicities. MRI has been shown to be very sensitive to the presence of iron. The investigators have developed an MRI-based method for rapid iron quantification (for instance, whole liver in a single breath-hold). The purpose of this work is to validate this new method using the FDA-approved Ferriscan technique (Resonance Health, Claremont, Australia) as a reference standard.


Ages Eligible for Study:   10 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Controls: 18 years or older with no known history of iron overload or liver disease.
  • Patients: 10 years or older with known or suspected iron overload

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with contraindications to MRI (eg. pacemaker, contraindicated metallic implants, claustrophobia, etc) and pregnant females (as determined by self-report during MRI safety screening) will be excluded.
  • For control subjects, those with known liver disease will be excluded.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01516853

United States, Wisconsin
Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research
Madison, Wisconsin, United States, 53705
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Principal Investigator: Scott B Reeder, MD, PhD University of Wisconsin, Madison
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Responsible Party: University of Wisconsin, Madison Identifier: NCT01516853     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2011-0473
Study First Received: August 17, 2011
Last Updated: June 16, 2015
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Iron Overload
Iron Metabolism Disorders
Metabolic Diseases processed this record on October 06, 2015