Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse (ARFI)--a new modality for the evaluation of liver fibrosis

2010 Medical Ultrasonography Journal 12;1 (26-31)

AIM: to assess the accuracy of transient elastography (TE) and Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse (ARFI) for liver fibrosis assessment, as compared to percutaneous liver biopsy (LB) in patients with chronic hepatitis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Our study included 71 patients (P) (54 with HCV and 17 with HBV chronic hepatitis) in which we compared TE and ARFI to the LB (evaluated according to the Metavir scoring system). RESULTS: On LB, from the 71P, 6P (8.4%) had F1, 25P (35.2%) had F2, 24P (33.8%) had F3 and 16P (22.5%) had F4. A direct, strong, linear correlation (Spearman r=0.707) was found between TE measurements and fibrosis (p

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