Resoundant - Magnetic Resonance Elastography (MRE) Medical Imaging Software
Magnetic Resonance Elastography (MRE) is a medical imaging technology that uses MRI and low-frequency mechanical waves to noninvasively measure the stiffness of biological tissues. MRE is an FDA-cleared upgrade for MRI systems and is currently available at over 1,800 sites across the globe as a painless and less expensive alternative to needle biopsy for liver fibrosis staging.
Many diseases dramatically change the mechanical properties of previously healthy tissue. This why physicians often employ their sense of touch during physical examination – an ancient technique called palpation – as a powerful way to detect certain diseases like cancer. But this technique is subjective and can only be applied in accessible regions of the body.
Magnetic Resonance Elastography (MRE) is a revolutionary imaging tool that quantitatively depicts the mechanical properties of tissue almost anywhere in the body. With MRE, radiologists can measure changes in tissue stiffness that occur in conditions like fibrosis and cancer, and obtain information painlessly and noninvasively that previously may have required a biopsy.
Ultimately, this means earlier detection and higher chance of successful treatment.
A major application of MRE is in detecting or ruling-out liver damage, called fibrosis, in patients with conditions such as chronic viral hepatitis and fatty liver disease. MRE uses MRI and mechanical vibrations to create color cross-sectional images that vividly display the stiffness of liver tissue. These images provide physicians with a clear indication of the presence or absence of fibrosis in the liver. For many patients, MRE is a more comfortable, less expensive, and reliable alternative to invasive liver biopsy.
Resoundant’s proprietary technology then assesses soft tissue stiffness and highlights the results in an elastrogram with extremely high degrees of accuracy, consistency and specificity.
THE MOST ACCURATE AVAILABLE
In multiple comparative analyses with ultrasound exams or needle biopsy, MRE demonstrates the highest degree of sensitivity and specificity across all levels of liver fibrosis.
MRE gives referring physicians a powerful new option for liver assessment. It is a new tool that provides diagnostic information without the discomfort and risk of complications due to invasive procedure, enabling more frequent evaluation when closer monitoring is needed.
COMFORTABLE FOR PATIENTS
Instead of feeling anxious over an invasive needle biopsy, patients can relax knowing that their liver MRE exam will be completely painless.
FAST AND CONVENIENT
A typical MRE exam can be performed in just minutes. With over 1,600 locations worldwide, MRE is widely available.