Assessment of liver fat in an obese patient population using noncontrast CT fat percent index

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Department of Radiology

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Investigative Techniques | Radiology


OBJECTIVE: To develop a simplified method to quantify liver fat using computed tomography (CT) fat % index (CTFPI) compared to liver spleen method (CTL/S, CTL-S).

METHODS: Noncontrast CT of the liver was performed in 89 patients (overweight, obese, severely obese) to quantify fat, using the following: CTFPI = [(65-patient HU)/65]x100, normal live r = 65 HU.

RESULTS: There was a strong linear correlation between CTFPI and the standard method of assessing liver fat using CTL/S (r = -0.901), CTL-S (r = -0.911). Hepatic HU and CTFPI were significantly different in the severely obese group compared to other two groups (P < .05).

CONCLUSION: Significant correlation indicates equal diagnostic accuracy of the two methods in appropriately calibrated scanners.

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Clin Imaging. 2014 May-Jun;38(3):259-64. doi: 10.1016/j.clinimag.2014.01.005. Epub 2014 Jan 17. Link to article on publisher's site

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Clinical imaging

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