Our ultrasound machine is used to measure and classify liver stiffness, or elasticity of the liver in patients with Hepatitis C – in particular increasing levels of fibrosis/hardness (loss of elasticity) that may be leading to cirrhosis.
The liver stiffness results obtained during Liver Elastography are at present applicable only to patients with Hepatitis C.
WHAT TEST DOES IT REPLACE?
Liver biopsy, either ultrasound guided or open operation. It is therefore painless, safe and accurate.
No food, drinks, smoking or chewing gum for 8 hours are required for clear visualisation of the liver and other upper abdominal organs.
No Alcohol for 12 hours prior to appointment.
No exercise prior to appointment.
What happens during the procedure
A clear jelly is applied to the skin and a small plastic probe is moved over the skin above the area being examined. Multiple images are taken throughout the exam. The sonographer will be with you throughout the scan and will usually ask questions about your medical history and the reason for the examination so that the optimal examination for your problem will be done.
To get the best images can be very challenging and requires considerable time and concentration by the sonographer. At times, you may be asked to change your position or hold your breath for short periods of time.
How long does it take?
An abdominal scan utilising elastography takes approx 30 minutes depending on the complexity.