Published: 2019-10-24

Estimation and quantification of liver iron concentration by magnetic resonance imaging

Vipul V. Chemburkar, Archit A. Gupta, Devdas S. Shetty, Ruchi R. Agarwal


Background: Liver iron overload is considered to be the histological hallmark of genetic hemochromatosis. The accurate estimation of iron overload is important to establish the diagnosis of hemochromatosis. The aim of the present study was to estimate T2* liver value, quantify liver iron concentration (in milligram of iron per gram dry weight) and find out the appropriate therapy for patients with iron overload according to severity index.

Methods: A cross-sectional observational study was carried out in Department of Radio Diagnosis, at B.Y.L. Nair Hospital and medical college, Mumbai from June 2017 to August 2018. A total of 50 cases were enrolled for the present study.

Results: Male predominance (66.0%) was seen. Mean duration of disease among the studied cases was 10.52±6.06 years, with minimum and maximum duration of disease of 1 and 26 years respectively. Eight percent had compliance to visit and treatment among the enrolled cases.

Conclusions: MRI was concluded to be potentially useful non-invasive method for evaluating liver iron stones in a wide spectrum of haematological and liver diseases.


Estimation and quantification, Liver iron concentration, Iron overload, Magnetic resonance imaging

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