Temperature dependence of postmortem MR quantification for soft tissue discrimination.

Zech, Wolf-Dieter; Schwendener, Nicole; Persson, Anders; Warntjes, Marcel J; Jackowski, Christian (2015). Temperature dependence of postmortem MR quantification for soft tissue discrimination. European radiology, 25(8), pp. 2381-2389. Springer 10.1007/s00330-015-3588-4

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OBJECTIVES To investigate and correct the temperature dependence of postmortem MR quantification used for soft tissue characterization and differentiation in thoraco-abdominal organs. MATERIAL AND METHODS Thirty-five postmortem short axis cardiac 3-T MR examinations were quantified using a quantification sequence. Liver, spleen, left ventricular myocardium, pectoralis muscle and subcutaneous fat were analysed in cardiac short axis images to obtain mean T1, T2 and PD tissue values. The core body temperature was measured using a rectally inserted thermometer. The tissue-specific quantitative values were related to the body core temperature. Equations to correct for temperature differences were generated. RESULTS In a 3D plot comprising the combined data of T1, T2 and PD, different organs/tissues could be well differentiated from each other. The quantitative values were influenced by the temperature. T1 in particular exhibited strong temperature dependence. The correction of quantitative values to a temperature of 37 °C resulted in better tissue discrimination. CONCLUSION Postmortem MR quantification is feasible for soft tissue discrimination and characterization of thoraco-abdominal organs. This provides a base for computer-aided diagnosis and detection of tissue lesions. The temperature dependence of the T1 values challenges postmortem MR quantification. Equations to correct for the temperature dependence are provided. KEY POINTS • Postmortem MR quantification is feasible for soft tissue discrimination and characterization • Temperature dependence of the T1 values challenges the MR quantification approach • The results provide the basis for computer-aided postmortem MRI diagnosis • Diagnostic criteria may also be applied for living patients.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Legal Medicine > Forensic Medicine

UniBE Contributor:

Zech, Wolf-Dieter; Schwendener, Nicole and Jackowski, Christian

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

0938-7994

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Antoinette Angehrn

Date Deposited:

10 Feb 2015 08:03

Last Modified:

06 Nov 2015 10:24

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s00330-015-3588-4

PubMed ID:

25636417

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.62767

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/62767

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