Liver Elastography

 

What is Liver Elastography?

Ultrasound-based liver elastography is a noninvasive test to evaluate tissue stiffness due to underlying liver disease. Using Shear Wave technology, elastography allows your doctors to determine your risk of liver fibrosis (scarring) and track response to treatment for liver disease.  Ultrasound elastography allows us to evaluate the liver for masses or changes of cirrhosis and provides an alternative to liver needle biopsy.

 

Shear Wave Velocity measurement at 8cm depth.

 

Simultaneous dual view allows for optimal placement of the region of interest.

How to Prepare?


You should wear loose and comfortable clothing. You may be asked to wear a gown during the procedure. Nothing to eat or drink 8 hours prior to the examination.

What to Expect?

You will be comfortably positioned on the examination table by a technologist. The ultrasound technologist will apply gel on your skin and firmly place a transducer over the liver while providing you with specific breathing instructions. You may feel mild pressure from the back and forth motion of the transducer. After the necessary images are obtained, the examination is complete. The entire exam is typically completed in 20 to 45 minutes.