Purpose: To assess how different driver power amplitudes affect the measurement of liver stiffness in pediatric liver magnetic resonance elastography (MRE). Methods: From January 2018 to May 2018, pediatric patients (≤ 18 years) who underwent liver MRE with 20% and 56% driver power amplitudes were included in this retrospective study. Region-of-interests (ROIs) were drawn on four stiffness maps to include the largest area of the liver parenchyma. Intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs) were used to assess agreements for the area, mean, maximum, minimum and standard deviation of liver stiffness between the driver power amplitudes. Results: 128 MRE stiffness maps from 16 patients (M:F = 10:6, median 12.5 years old) were included. On MRE, median ROI areas of liver were 83.1 cm2 (range, 46.9–144.1 cm2) and 63.0 cm2 (range, 5.4–123.4 cm2) for the driver power amplitudes of 20% and 56%, respectively. Median liver stiffness values were 2.3 kPa (range, 1.7–8.0 kPa) and 2.8 kPa (range, 1.7–8.5 kPa). Maximum and minimum liver stiffness values were 5.3 kPa and 1.0 kPa for 20% and 7.8 kPa and 1.1 kPa for 56%. Standard deviation was 0.6 kPa for 20% and 1.0 kPa for 56%. ICC values between the two power amplitudes were 0.33–0.51 for the ROI area and the maximum, minimum and standard deviation values of liver stiffness. The ICC value for liver stiffness was 0.857 (95% confidence interval, 0.760–0.915). Conclusion: Liver stiffness with two driver power amplitudes on MRE showed good reliability in pediatric patients. Driver power amplitudes need to be optimized according to the pediatric liver size.
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- Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging