Magnetic resonance elastography

A general overview of its current and future applications in brain imaging

Antonio Di Ieva*, Fabio Grizzi, Elisa Rognone, Zion Tsz Ho Tse, Tassanai Parittotokkaporn, Ferdinando Rodriguez Y Baena, Manfred Tschabitscher, Christian Matula, Siegfrid Trattnig, Riccardo Rodriguez Y Baena

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Magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) has been developed over the last few years as a non-invasive means of evaluating the elasticity of biological tissues. The presence of the skull has always prevented semeiotic palpation of the brain, but MRE now offers the possibility of "palpating by imaging" in order to detect brain consistency under physiological and pathological conditions. The aim of this article is to review the current state-of-the-art of MRE imaging and discuss its possible future diagnostic applications in neuroscience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-145
Number of pages9
JournalNeurosurgical Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Brain imaging
  • Brain tumours
  • Elasticity
  • Elastography
  • Magnetic resonance elastography

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