OBJECTIVE: Acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) is a new software-based technique that evaluates liver stiffness during B-mode ultrasonography. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of ARFI in distinguishing patients with chronic autoimmune liver disease from healthy subjects. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We enrolled 9 adult patients (8 women, 1 man; age 48.1 +/- 12.8 years) with chronic autoimmune disease (primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC, n = 3), autoimmune hepatitis (AIH, n = 2), primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC, n = 1) and overlap syndromes, (n = 3) who underwent a liver biopsy and 11 healthy volunteers (age 34.7 +/- 10.4 years; 7 women, 4 men). Liver stiffness was evaluated and expressed as the shear wave velocity (SWV) in m/sec. We used a US scanner Siemens-Acuson S2000, evaluating the right liver lobe and the left liver lobe. RESULTS: THE SWV WAS SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER IN CASES (RIGHT LOBE: 1.51 +/- 0.44; left lobe: 1.57 +/- 0.40) than in controls (right lobe: 1.08 +/- 0.10; left lobe: 1.12 +/- 0.13) (right lobe: P = 0.002; left lobe: P = 0.013). We found no significant correlation between right and left lobe SWVs in cases (P = 0.779) or controls (P = 0.385). The SWV cut-off that best distinguished cases from controls was 1.25 m/sec (accuracy: AUC=0.885; sensitivity: 70.6%; specificity: 95.5%). CONCLUSIONS: ARFI elastography is a noninvasive ultrasonographic technique that can differentiate healthy subjects from patients with fibrotic stages of chronic liver disease.

ARFI elastography in patients with chronic autoimmune liver diseases: A preliminary study

CASSANI, FABIO;MURATORI, LUIGI;LENZI, MARCO;
2012

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OBJECTIVE: Acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) is a new software-based technique that evaluates liver stiffness during B-mode ultrasonography. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of ARFI in distinguishing patients with chronic autoimmune liver disease from healthy subjects. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We enrolled 9 adult patients (8 women, 1 man; age 48.1 +/- 12.8 years) with chronic autoimmune disease (primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC, n = 3), autoimmune hepatitis (AIH, n = 2), primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC, n = 1) and overlap syndromes, (n = 3) who underwent a liver biopsy and 11 healthy volunteers (age 34.7 +/- 10.4 years; 7 women, 4 men). Liver stiffness was evaluated and expressed as the shear wave velocity (SWV) in m/sec. We used a US scanner Siemens-Acuson S2000, evaluating the right liver lobe and the left liver lobe. RESULTS: THE SWV WAS SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER IN CASES (RIGHT LOBE: 1.51 +/- 0.44; left lobe: 1.57 +/- 0.40) than in controls (right lobe: 1.08 +/- 0.10; left lobe: 1.12 +/- 0.13) (right lobe: P = 0.002; left lobe: P = 0.013). We found no significant correlation between right and left lobe SWVs in cases (P = 0.779) or controls (P = 0.385). The SWV cut-off that best distinguished cases from controls was 1.25 m/sec (accuracy: AUC=0.885; sensitivity: 70.6%; specificity: 95.5%). CONCLUSIONS: ARFI elastography is a noninvasive ultrasonographic technique that can differentiate healthy subjects from patients with fibrotic stages of chronic liver disease.
S. Righi;E. Fiorini;C. De Molo;V. Cipriano;F. Cassani;L. Muratori;M. Lenzi;A.M. Morselli Labate;C. Serra
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