Magnetometry as a method for assaying iron in liver and liver biopsies

Iron overload diseases are very common throughout the world. The diseases result in large quantities of iron oxide being deposited in body tissues. At present, the accepted method of measuring the iron load in the liver is to remove a small piece of tissue using a needle. New non-invasive methods based on magnetometry might replace the invasive needle biopsy methods. This project involves the measurement of the magnetic properties of samples of rat liver in order to test the feasibility of such an approach.