Relative identifiability of anisotropic properties from magnetic resonance elastography

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  • Published: Nov 6, 2017
  • Author: Renee Miller, Arunark Kolipaka, Martyn P. Nash, Alistair A. Young
  • Journal: NMR in Biomedicine

Although magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) has been used to estimate isotropic stiffness in the heart, myocardium is known to have anisotropic properties. This study investigated the determinability of global transversely isotropic material parameters using MRE and finite‐element modeling (FEM). A FEM‐based material parameter identification method, using a displacement‐matching objective function, was evaluated in a gel phantom and simulations of a left ventricular (LV) geometry with a histology‐derived fiber field. Material parameter estimation was performed in the presence of Gaussian noise. Parameter sweeps were analyzed and characteristics of the Hessian matrix at the optimal solution were used to evaluate the determinability of each constitutive parameter. Four out of five material stiffness parameters (Young's modulii E1 and E3, shear modulus G13 and damping coefficient s), which describe a transversely isotropic linear elastic material, were well determined from the MRE displacement field using an iterative FEM inversion method. However, the remaining parameter, Poisson's ratio, was less identifiable. In conclusion, Young's modulii, shear modulii and damping can theoretically be well determined from MRE data, but Poisson's ratio is not as well determined and could be set to a reasonable value for biological tissue (close to 0.5).

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