Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Elastography: A useful method in depicting liver hardness

Date:
April 15, 2010
Source:
World Journal of Gastroenterology
Summary:
Elasticity measurements have been reported to be useful for the diagnosis and differentiation of many tumors, which are usually harder than normal surrounding tissues. Recently, trans-abdominal real-time elastography was proposed as a new method for noninvasive staging of liver fibrosis. A recently study from Romania found that computer-enhanced dynamic analysis of elastography movies is better able to characterize and differentiate between different degrees of liver fibrosis.

Palpation continues to be of great value in modern medicine, both practiced by doctors and as a technique for self-examination. However, palpation is limited to a few accessible organs, and the interpretation of the information sensed by the fingers is highly subjective.

Recently, elastography has emerged as an option in several commercial ultrasound systems, and is starting to prove clinically valuable in many areas. Elasticity measurements have been reported to be useful for the diagnosis and differentiation of many tumors, which are usually harder than normal surrounding tissues. Recently, transabdominal real-time elastography was proposed as a new method for noninvasive staging of liver fibrosis.

A research article to be published on April 14, 2010 in the World Journal of Gastroenterology addresses this question. The elastography study was lead by Professor Adrian Săftoiu and Dr. Dan Ionuţ Gheonea at the Research Center of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Craiova, Romania. The aim of the study was to assess whether computer-enhanced dynamic analysis of real-time elastography movies was better able to characterize and differentiate between different degrees of liver fibrosis.

The results of the study concluded that real-time elastography is certainly a very useful method in depicting liver hardness, although it has been tested incompletely in large multicenter studies, and should be compared with other noninvasive methods (e.g. blood markers, transient elastography).

The authors suggested also an improvement in the examination methodology, which should take into account previous observations made by different authors (e.g. better transducers, improved elastography software) to establish real-time elastography as a new revolutionary method that can replace liver biopsy for assessment of different stages of fibrosis in patients with chronic hepatitis.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by World Journal of Gastroenterology. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. Gheonea DI, Săftoiu A, Ciurea T, Gorunescu F, Iordache S, Popescu GL, Belciug S, Gorunescu M, Săndulescu L. Real-time sono-elastography in the diagnosis of diffuse liver diseases. World Journal of Gastroenterology, 2010; 16 (14): 1720 DOI: 10.3748/wjg.v16.i14.1720

Cite This Page:

World Journal of Gastroenterology. "Elastography: A useful method in depicting liver hardness." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 15 April 2010. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/100412095544.htm>.
World Journal of Gastroenterology. (2010, April 15). Elastography: A useful method in depicting liver hardness. ScienceDaily. Retrieved September 1, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/100412095544.htm
World Journal of Gastroenterology. "Elastography: A useful method in depicting liver hardness." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/100412095544.htm (accessed September 1, 2014).

Share This




More Health & Medicine News

Monday, September 1, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

We've Got Mites Living In Our Faces And So Do You

We've Got Mites Living In Our Faces And So Do You

Newsy (Aug. 30, 2014) A new study suggests 100 percent of adult humans (those over 18 years of age) have Demodex mites living in their faces. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Liberia Continues Fight Against Ebola

Liberia Continues Fight Against Ebola

AFP (Aug. 30, 2014) Authorities in Liberia try to stem the spread of the Ebola epidemic by raising awareness and setting up sanitation units for people to wash their hands. Duration: 00:41 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
California Passes 'yes-Means-Yes' Campus Sexual Assault Bill

California Passes 'yes-Means-Yes' Campus Sexual Assault Bill

Reuters - US Online Video (Aug. 30, 2014) California lawmakers pass a bill requiring universities to adopt "affirmative consent" language in their definitions of consensual sex, part of a nationwide drive to curb sexual assault on campuses. Linda So reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
New Drug Could Reduce Cardiovascular Deaths

New Drug Could Reduce Cardiovascular Deaths

Newsy (Aug. 30, 2014) The new drug from Novartis could reduce cardiovascular deaths by 20 percent compared to other similar drugs. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins