Point Shear Wave Elastography by Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse Quantification in Comparison to Transient Elastography for the Noninvasive Assessment of Liver Fibrosis in Chronic Hepatitis C: A Prospective International Multicenter Study

2015 Ultraschall in der Medizin 36;3 (239-247)

PURPOSE: The aim of the present prospective European multicenter study was to demonstrate the non-inferiority of point shear wave elastography (pSWE) compared to transient elastography (TE) for the assessment of liver fibrosis in patients with chronic hepatitis C. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 241 patients with chronic hepatitis C were prospectively enrolled at 7 European study sites and received pSWE, TE and blood tests. Liver biopsy was performed with histological staging by a central pathologist. In addition, for inclusion of cirrhotic patients, a maximum of 10 % of patients with overt liver cirrhosis confirmed by imaging methods were allowed by protocol (n = 24). RESULTS: Owing to slower than expected recruitment due to a reduction of liver biopsies, the study was closed after 4 years before the target enrollment of 433 patients with 235 patients in the 'intention to diagnose' analysis and 182 patients in the 'per protocol' analysis. Therefore, the non-inferiority margin was enhanced to 0.075 but non-inferiority of pSWE could not be proven. However, Paired comparison of the diagnostic accuracy of pSWE and TE revealed no significant difference between the two methods in the 'intention to diagnose' and 'per protocol' analysis (0.81 vs. 0.85 for F >/= 2, p = 0.15; 0.88 vs. 0.92 for F >/= 3, p = 0.11; 0.89 vs. 0.94 for F = 4, p = 0.19). Measurement failure was significantly higher for TE than for pSWE (p = 0.030). CONCLUSION: Non-inferiority of pSWE compared to TE could not be shown. However, the diagnostic accuracy of pSWE and TE was comparable for the noninvasive staging of liver fibrosis in patients with chronic hepatitis C.

Pubmed : 25970201