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Efficacy of electroacupuncture therapy on liver fat content in abdominal type obese women by MRI IDEAL-IQ sequence
Pages: 471-474
Year: Issue:  5
Journal: Radiologic Practice

Abstract: Objective:To evaluate the efficacy of electroacupuncture (EA) therapy on liver fat content in abdominal type obese women by MRI IDEAL-IQ sequence.Methods:A total of 20 cases of abdominal type obese women were randomly divided into EA group (n =11) and control group (n =9).In EA group,patients were treated with EA therapy 3 times perweek for 3 months.Height and body weight were recorded for all the subjects and their body mass index (BMI) was measured as well.Magnetic resonance imaging was performed on all subjects before and after treatment.Hepatic proton-density fat fraction (PDFF) was measured on images of IDEAL-IQ with three regions of interest within each liver segment.Results:Before treatment,there was no significant statistical difference in BMI between control group and EA group (P > 0.05).There was no significant statistical difference in BMI before and after examination in control group;however,BMI decreased significantly after treatment in EA group (P < 0.05).In EA group,the PDFF decreased in all liver segments (2.5%,3.1%,2.1%,4.2%,1.8%,2.1%,2.3%,2.2%,3.2%),and significantly decreased in all segments except segment Ⅰ (P < 0.05).However,in control group,the difference of PDFF was insignificant (P > 0.05) before and after treatment.Conclusion:EA therapy can effectively reduce liver fat content in obese women,and the IDEAL-IQ sequence can be used to evaluate the change of fat content in each liver segment.
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