Details on MID
Volunteer Instruction (Italian only)
Approval of Ethics Committee
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Assessment of body-iron accumulation is essential for managing therapy of
iron-chelating diseases characterized by iron overload such as
thalassemia, hereditary hemochromatosis, and other forms of severe
anemia. The MID measures iron overload in the whole liver, as the entire
human torso fits within its region of sensitivity.
MID has been developed in INFN laboratory of Genoa and now it is working
in the "Centro della Microcitemia e delle Anemie Congenite" of the
Galliera hospital in Genoa Italy. Since February 05, about 400 patients
and 90 healthy volunteers have been measured.
In the left is reported the signal of a patient with
a severe iron overload in the liver and the one of a healthy volunteer
having close anthropometric characteristics.
The x values are the positions of the magnetic field axis relative to the
center of the human body torso.