Magnetic resonance elastography (MRE), a phase contrast MRI technique, images the propagation of applied mechanical waves in tissue, allowing shear stiffness to be quantified in vivo. This MRE technique has been validated with static mechanical compression tests. Dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) may be a more appropriate comparison to MRE because it directly measures the shear modulus dynamically, while compression tests convert the measured elastic modulus to shear modulus with an assumed Poisson ratio. This study compared the shear stiffness estimated with various MRE inversion algorithms (i.e., manual calculation, local frequency estimate, phase gradient, direct inversion, and matched filter) to the dynamic mechanical test. The shear stiffness of five agarose gels with concentrations ranging from 1.5 to 3.5% were measured using MRE and DMA. The phase gradient inversion algorithm overestimated the shear modulus at higher concentrations (i.e., 3-3.5% agar), while the results from the other techniques correlated well with the dynamic mechanical test.
- Agarose gel
- Dynamic mechanical analysis
- Magnetic resonance elastography
- Shear modulus
- Shear wave
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging