June 22nd: CLINICAL ALERT: New study highlights ‘unsafe’ T2* MRI method being used for iron overload assessment

CLINICAL ALERT: New study highlights ‘unsafe’ T2* MRI method being used for iron overload assessment in thousands of patients

New study highlights ‘unsafe’ T2* MRI method being used for iron overload assessment in thousands of patients
TIF became aware of the results from a new study, to be presented at the European Haematology Association (EHA) congress on 23rd June 2017, which have confirmed that a ‘T2*’ technique used widely for estimating liver iron concentration (LIC) by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may not be reliable in giving accurate and consistent results.
This T2* technique using the ‘Iron Health Calculator’ (www.ironcalculator.com) has been promoted as an alternative to FerriScan globally, and in particular in developing countries, to centres with large numbers of patients requiring MRI assessment of LIC.
This new study, labelled the “Dragon Study”, compared the LIC results of 100 patients assessed using an unvalidated Liver MRI T2* method against the validated and regulatory-cleared ‘Gold Standard’ FerriScan® R2-MRI technique
The ‘Dragon Study’ was conducted at a centre in Vietnam which treats over 1000 haemoglobinopathy patients a year and is thought to be one of many using the T2* technique.

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