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Clinical feasibility of liver elastography by acoustic radiation force impulse imaging (ARFI).
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PMID:  21439919     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Transient elastography is increasingly used for assessment of liver fibrosis. Acoustic radiation force impulse imaging (ARFI) is a new technology to perform liver elastography. AIMS: We evaluated the clinical feasibility, validity and accuracy of the ARFI method and compared it to Fibroscan(®) and liver histology. METHODS: Ultrasonographic elastography of the liver using ARFI was performed in 29 patients with liver cirrhosis, 70 patients with liver disease and 23 healthy controls. RESULTS: ARFI was feasible in all patients providing a mean propagation velocity of 1.65±0.93m/s. ARFI results of the right and left liver lobes were comparable (p<0.001). In cirrhotic patients, ARFI gave significantly higher values than in the other patients (p<0.001). Rate of invalid measurements was lower in ARFI than in Fibroscan(®) (p<0.04). Both elastography methods were highly correlated to each other (p<0.001). Furthermore, ARFI correlated to histological grading of liver fibrosis (p<0.001) and to inflammatory activity (p<0.05). Liver steatosis had no statistical influence on ARFI results (p=0.2) in contrast to Fibroscan(®) (p<0.05). CONCLUSIONS: The new ultrasonographic method of ARFI elastography allows valid, accurate and flexible evaluation of liver stiffness. It seems more feasible in patients with liver cirrhosis than Fibroscan(®). ARFI elastography of the left liver lobe is also possible. Liver steatosis does not seem to influence ARFI elastography.
Kinan Rifai; Janet Cornberg; Ingmar Mederacke; Matthias J Bahr; Heiner Wedemeyer; Philipp Malinski; Heike Bantel; Bita Boozari; Andrej Potthoff; Michael P Manns; Michael Gebel
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-3-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  Digestive and liver disease : official journal of the Italian Society of Gastroenterology and the Italian Association for the Study of the Liver     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1878-3562     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-3-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100958385     Medline TA:  Dig Liver Dis     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 Editrice Gastroenterologica Italiana S.r.l. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endocrinology, Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany.
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