The Scarred Liver

The Scarred Liver

10th September 2019

What Is The Scarred Liver?

The Scarred Liver is a collaboration between the Biomedical Research Centre in Gastrointestinal and Liver Disorders at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Nottingham, and Sir Peter Mansfield Magnetic Resonance Centre at the University of Nottingham. We are developing novel magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques for non-invasive assessment of chronic liver disease.

Liver disease is now the 5th biggest cause of death in the UK and is the only major cause of death with rates rising annually. Preventing, identifying and treating liver disease was listed as a key healthcare priority in the annual report of the Chief Medical Officer (2011).

Scarred Liver at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2013
Scarred Liver at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2013

We were very proud to be selected to take part in the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2013. This prestigious exhibition attracted over 12,500 visitors including members of the public, school groups and fellows of the Royal Society.

The science behind Scarred Liver (video)

MRI: How It Works

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses powerful magnets and radio waves to measure the magnetic properties of organs of the body, in relation to their water content. Scarring changes the magnetic properties of the liver. MRI examines the whole liver to detect these changes. It does not involve any needles or radiation.

Try our interactive software to learn how MRI can detect liver scarring!

Our Team

Senior Investigator: Professor Guruprasad Aithal, Professor of Hepatology

Senior Investigator: Professor Penny Gowland. Professor in Physics

Senior Member: Dr Neil Guha. Clinical Associate Professor in Hepatology Scarred Liver exhibit at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2013 Video

Senior Member: Dr Susan Francis. Associate Professor and Reader in Physics Scarred Liver exhibit at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2013 Video

Research Fellow: Dr Eleanor Cox

Research Fellow: Dr Caroline Hoad

Scarred Liver exhibit at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2013 Video