Liver Elastography: Investigating Liver Fibrosis
Liver Elastography is the imaging of liver fibrosis using ARFI technology for the non-invasive and reproducible investigation of fibrosis in patients.
Thanks to recent advances in Ultrasound and MRI technology at Queensland X-ray, we can now help diagnose and treat fibrosis in patients with chronic liver disorders including chronic Hepatitis and Fatty Liver Disease.
Liver fibrosis occurs when tough, fibrous scar tissue of the liver accumulates. When excessive scar tissues builds up over a long period of time, it can result in cirrhosis of the liver. This can lead to the liver becoming unsettled which can disrupt blood flow through the organ as well as its overall function within the body.
QXR utilises new non-invasive Shear Wave Elastography (SWE) software for the accurate and reproducible quantification of liver stiffness in multiple patient groups.
What is the difference between Shear Wave Elastography and Transient Elastography (Fibroscan)*?
Accuracy: Accuracy has been proven on numerous studies for both techniques
Further Information: SWE can provide further information on Portal HTN, focal mass, gross cirrhotic changes
HCC Formation: Can screen for HCC formation at the same time
Less Failure: Less failure in obese patients with severe fatty liver disease
*(World J Gastroenterol 2014 April 28; 20(16): 4787-4796)