MRI detection of brown fat potential tool in battling obesity, diabetes

  • April 18, 2014

Researchers in England have detected energy-burning “brown fat” through MRI for the first time, marking an advance toward new therapeutic treatments for people with obesity or at high risk for diabetes, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

“The MRI allows us to distinguish between the brown fat, and the more well-known white fat that people associate with weight gain, due to the different water-to-fat ratio of the two tissue types. We can use the scans to highlight what we term ‘regions of interest’ that can help us to build a picture of where the brown fat is located,” Thomas Barber, MBBS, DPhil, from the department of metabolic and vascular health at Warwick Medical School, said in a press release.

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