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World J Gastroenterol. 2018 Sep 14;24(34):3849-3860. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v24.i34.3849.

Role of two-dimensional shear wave elastography in chronic liver diseases: A narrative review.

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1
Department of Internal Medicine, Hanyang University Guri Hospital, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Guri 11923, South Korea.
2
Department of Radiology, Hanyang University Guri Hospital, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Guri 11923, South Korea.
3
Department of Internal Medicine, Hanyang University Guri Hospital, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Guri 11923, South Korea. sonjh@hanyang.ac.kr.

Abstract

Liver biopsy is the gold standard for evaluating the degree of liver fibrosis in patients with chronic liver disease. However, due to the many limitations of liver biopsy, there has been much interest in the use of noninvasive techniques for this purpose. Among these techniques real-time two-dimensional shear wave elastography (2D-SWE) has the advantage of measuring tissue elasticity with the guidance of B-mode images. Recently, many studies have been conducted on the application of 2D-SWE in patients with various liver diseases, and their validity has been confirmed. Here, we briefly discuss the role of 2D-SWE in patients with chronic liver diseases, particularly aspects of the examination techniques and clinical applications.

KEYWORDS:

Hepatocelluar carcinoma; Liver disease; Liver fibrosis; Portal hypertension; Shear wave elastography

PMID:
30228779
PMCID:
PMC6141332
DOI:
10.3748/wjg.v24.i34.3849
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