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J Ultrasound Med. 2018 Feb;37(2):355-362. doi: 10.1002/jum.14341. Epub 2017 Aug 14.

Coefficient of Variance as Quality Criterion for Evaluation of Advanced Hepatic Fibrosis Using 2D Shear-Wave Elastography.

Author information

1
Departments of Radiology, Hanyang University Guri Hospital, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Guri, Korea.
2
Department of Radiology, Suncheon Medical Center, Suncheon-si, Korea.
3
Institute of Medical Science, Hanyang University Guri Hospital, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Guri, Korea.
4
Department of Radiology and Center for Imaging Science, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
5
Internal Medicine, Hanyang University Guri Hospital, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Guri, Korea.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To compare the diagnostic performance for advanced hepatic fibrosis measured by 2D shear-wave elastography (SWE), using either the coefficient of variance (CV) or the interquartile range divided by the median value (IQR/M) as quality criteria.

METHODS:

In this retrospective study, from January 2011 to December 2013, 96 patients, who underwent both liver stiffness measurement by 2D SWE and liver biopsy for hepatic fibrosis grading, were enrolled. The diagnostic performances of the CV and the IQR/M were analyzed using receiver operating characteristic curves with areas under the curves (AUCs) and were compared by Fisher's Z test, based on matching the cutoff points in an interactive dot diagram. All P values less than 0.05 were considered significant.

RESULTS:

When using the cutoff value IQR/M of 0.21, the matched cutoff point of CV was 20%. When a cutoff value of CV of 20% was used, the diagnostic performance for advanced hepatic fibrosis ( ≥ F3 grade) with CV of less than 20% was better than that in the group with CV greater than or equal to 20% (AUC 0.967 versus 0.786, z statistic = 2.23, P = .025), whereas when the matched cutoff value IQR/M of 0.21 showed no difference (AUC 0.918 versus 0.927, z statistic = -0.178, P = .859).

CONCLUSIONS:

The validity of liver stiffness measurements made by 2D SWE for assessing advanced hepatic fibrosis may be judged using CVs, and when the CV is less than 20% it can be considered "more reliable" than using IQR/M of less than 0.21.

KEYWORDS:

elastography; hepatic fibrosis; hepatobiliary; liver cirrhosis; sonoelastography

PMID:
28804946
DOI:
10.1002/jum.14341
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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