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Noninvasive monitoring of liver cell transplantation
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Our latest review on „Noninvasive monitoring of liver cell transplantation“ (authors are N. Raschzok, H.M. Morgül, L. Stelter & I.M. Sauer) is available in Imaging in Medicine, 2013; 5: 47-61:
Liver cell transplantation was developed as a therapeutic alternative to solid liver transplantation in the management of liver-based metabolic disorders and may be useful for the treatment of acute or chronic liver failure. While clinical studies have demonstrated temporal amelioration of the symptoms of metabolic liver disorders by transplanted liver cells, the long-term outcome of liver cell transplantation is still insufficient. A major limitation for improving liver cell transplantation is the inability to track the fate of cells once they have been infused. Radionuclide-based imaging, MRI and optical methods have been investigated as methods for noninvasive monitoring of liver cell transplantation. This article summarizes and critically discusses these approaches, with a special focus on MRI-based tracking of transplanted liver cells and provides an outlook on possible clinical applications for the near future.
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