Published on July 17, 2014

Mercy Philadelphia Offering Iron Overload Analyses

West Philadelphia, PA (July 17, 2014): The Department of Radiology at Mercy Philadelphia is now offering FerriScan and Cardiac T2* Dual Analysis to measure iron concentration in the liver and heart in patients at risk of iron overload.

Iron overload occurs when total body iron is increased through chronic blood transfusions or increased absorption of iron through the gastrointestinal tract. Individuals at risk of iron overload include those diagnosed with:

  • Hemochromatosis
  • Thalassemia
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Or other patients who receive regular or intermittent blood transfusions

Excess iron deposits primarily in the liver and cause organ damage. Once a threshold level is reached, iron loading may occur in other tissues such as the heart. Monitoring iron concentration provides an early warning of possible future cardiac complications.

FerriScan is an accurate, technique for measuring liver iron concentration (LIC) and provides information about the distribution of iron in the liver. FerriScan measures iron in a volume of liver that is thousands of times greater than a liver biopsy.

Cardiac T2* is the most widely accepted MRI-based method for assessing heart iron loading. It provides significant information for assessing risk of cardiac failure or arrhythmia.  

Following 20-minute patient scans on a MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) machine, the image data is sent electronically to be analyzed with the report of the patient’s LIC and Cardiac T2* measurements returned within 48 hours.

Patient appointments are immediately available at Mercy Philadelphia by calling 610.237.2525. A physician referral and prior insurance authorization for the MRI scans are required.

To learn more about FerriScan and Cardiac T2* Dual Analysis, call Marc Caballero at 215.748.9514.