Comparison of CT and magnetic resonance mDIXON-Quant sequence in the diagnosis of mild hepatic steatosis

Nicola Veronese, Xiaoguang Cheng, Nicola Veronese, Yong Zhang, Chao Wang, Ling Wang, Chenxin Zhang, Yangyang Duanmu, Wei Zhao, Giuseppe Guglielmi

Risultato della ricerca: Articlepeer review

9 Citazioni (Scopus)


Objective: To determine the diagnostic performance of CT in the assessment of mild hepatic steatosis by comparison with MR mDIXON-Quant as a reference standard, and to explore their clinical applications. Methods: In this prospective study 169 volunteers were included. Each subject underwent CT and MR mDIX-ON-Quant examinations. Hepatic steatosis evaluations were performed via liver attenuation alone (CT L), liver to spleen attenuation ratio (CT L/S), difference between liver and spleen attenuation (CT L-S), and MR mDIX-ON-Quant imaging. The effectiveness of CT L, CT L/S, and CT L-S in diagnosing hepatic steatosis severity of ≥5%, ≥10%, and ≥15% was compared, using mDIX-ON-Quant results as standard. results: 65 subjects exhibited mild hepatic steatosis. Hepatic steatosis measurement with mDIXON-Quant was strongly correlated with the three CT methods. Using cutoff value, the sensitivity and specificity of diagnosing hepatic steatosis ≥5, ≥10, and ≥15% were 64.6, 91.3, 100%, and 90.4, 89.7, 93.0% for CT L; 50.8, 87.0, 100%, and 96.2, 98.6, 97.5% for CT L/S; and 67.7, 87.0, 100%, and 81.7, 98.6, 97.5% for CT L-S, respectively. ROC analysis indicated that 58.9, 56.5, and 52.8 HU for CT L; 1.06, 0.98, and 0.90 HU for CT L/S; and 6.21,-1.04, and -4.93 HU for CT L-S were cutoff values for diagnosing hepatic steatosis ≥5%,≥10%, and ≥15%, respectively. Conclusions: The three CT methods exhibit better agreements with mDIXON-Quant imaging for diagnosing hepatic steatosis ≥10%. Hence, CT and mDIXON-Quant could serve as suitable tools for the accurate quantification of mild hepatic steatosis. significant finds of the study: The close agreement between the three different CT methods (based on our cutoff values) and mDIXON-Quant imaging suggests that CT could accurately diagnose hepatic steatosis ≥10%. Thus, CT and mDIXON-Quant imaging can accurately measure mild hepatic steatosis. What this study adds: Only few studies have compared hepatic steatosis quantification between CT and mDIXON-Quant. We are the first to determine the diagnostic performance of unenhanced CT for quantitatively assessing mild hepatic steatosis, in reference to magnetic resonance mDIXON-Quant imaging. © 2018 The Authors. Published by the British Institute of Radiology.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Numero di pagine9
RivistaBritish Journal of Radiology
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

Cita questo