In case of suspicion of liver iron overload, it is now possible to
replace a liver biopsy by a MR study, if this biopsy is only performed
to quantify the amount of iron in the liver. This quantification is
not mandatory in case of genetic hemochromatosis proved by genetic
test. In that context, hyperferritinemia is a good reflect of the
level of overload.
This site describes the technique, the main indications and propose
an on-line java software to quantify the iron in the liver.
If you want to detect a slight overload use only a 1.5T magnet.
These data come from a large experience (more than one thousand
of studies) and particularly from a multicentric study (174 patients).
You need a java plug-in to run the quantification software. If
you have some trouble to use it (behind a too restrictive firewall
for example), send me
an e-mail to receive an off-line version.
You will find here a selection of
links to download very usefull DICOM softwares (freewares or sharewares)
and particularly IconoTech.
IconoTech is able to create
and organize automatically teaching files using DICOM images. You
can send directly from a DICOM device DICOM images in this database.
You can use IconoTech to store educational images, to convert these
images from a DICOM format to a JPEG, BMP... format, to browse the
database using a multicriteria query, to place selected images on
digital slides or to send them by e-mail.
This software can also automatically submit images to the EuroRad on-line
Free download of a beta version.