MR Fingerprinting for Liver Tissue Characterization: A Histopathologic Correlation Study

Shohei Fujita, Katsuhiro Sano, Gastao Cruz, Yuki Fukumura, Hideo Kawasaki, Issei Fukunaga, Yuichi Morita, Masami Yoneyama, Koji Kamagata, Osamu Abe, Kenichi Ikejima, René M. Botnar, Claudia Prieto, Shigeki Aoki

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Abstract

Background Liver MR fingerprinting (MRF) enables simultaneous quantification of T1, T2, T2*, and proton density fat fraction (PDFF) maps in single breath-hold acquisitions. Histopathologic correlation studies are desired for its clinical use. Purpose To compare liver MRF-derived metrics with separate reference quantitative MRI in participants with diffuse liver disease, evaluate scan-rescan repeatability of liver MRF, and validate MRF-derived measurements for histologic grading of liver biopsies. Materials and Methods This prospective study included participants with diffuse liver disease undergoing MRI from July 2021 to January 2022. Participants underwent two-dimensional single-section liver MRF and separate reference quantitative MRI. Linear regression, Bland-Altman plots, and coefficients of variation were used to assess the bias and repeatability of liver MRF measurements. For participants undergoing liver biopsy, the association between mapping and histologic grading was evaluated by using the Spearman correlation coefficient. Results Fifty-six participants (mean age, 59 years ± 15 [SD]; 32 women) were included to compare mapping techniques and 23 participants were evaluated with liver biopsy (mean age, 52.7 years ± 12.7; 14 women). The linearity of MRF with reference measurements in participants with diffuse liver disease (R2 value) for T1, T2, T2*, and PDFF maps was 0.86, 0.88, 0.54, and 0.99, respectively. The overall coefficients of variation for repeatability in the liver were 3.2%, 5.5%, 7.1%, and 4.6% for T1, T2, T2*, and PDFF maps, respectively. MRF-derived metrics showed high diagnostic performance in differentiating moderate or severe changes from mild or no changes (area under the receiver operating characteristic curve for fibrosis, inflammation, steatosis, and siderosis: 0.62 [95% CI: 0.52, 0.62], 0.92 [95% CI: 0.88, 0.92], 0.97 [95% CI: 0.96, 0.97], and 0.74 [95% CI: 0.57, 0.74], respectively). Conclusion Liver MR fingerprinting provided repeatable T1, T2, T2*, and proton density fat fraction maps in high agreement with reference quantitative mapping and may correlate with pathologic grades in participants with diffuse liver disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-159
Number of pages10
JournalRadiology
Volume306
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023

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