Japanese Journal of Veterinary Research;Volume 45, Number 3

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Magnetic resonance imaging of hepatocellular carcinoma in Long-Evans Cinnamon rats under a magnetic field of 7.05 T

ASANUMA, Taketoshi;HIRANO, Yoshiko;OHKURA, Kaori;KON, Yasuhiro;SHIMOKAWA, Shigezou;KASAI, Noriyuki;KUWABARA, Mikinori

Permalink : http://hdl.handle.net/2115/2601
JaLCDOI : 10.14943/jjvr.45.3.147
KEYWORDS : hepatocellular carcinoma;Long-Evans Cinnamon rat;MRI

Abstract

Magnetic resonance (MR) images of livers in 3-, 12- and 29-month-old Long-Evans Cinnamon (LEC) rats (male) were taken under a magnetic field of 7.05 T. MR images of sagittal and transversal sections were obtained in 1-mm-thick slices by T_1-weighted and two-dimensional Fourier transformation techniques. The data matrix size was 256 phase-encoded steps. Each image was obtained through four acquisitions. Three-month-old rats gave MR images with low signal intensity over the liver probably due to the shorting of its T_1 and T_2 relaxation times. However, 12-month-old rats gave hyperintense regions around hepatic veins in right hepatic lobe, which was assigned to hepatocellular carcinoma. In 29-month-old rats, MR images with hyperintensity throughout the hepatic lobe were observed. These MR images, therefore, suggested that hepatocellular carcinoma in LEC rats developed from the restricted regions surrounding hepatic veins. In the present study, T_1-weighted MR imaging under a magnetic field of 7.05 T was shown to be applicable to the diagnosis of hepatic cancer in LEC rats.

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