March 1, 2012

Study: US elastography may best biopsy in diagnosis of liver fibrosis


Ultrasound-based transient elastography (TE) provides excellent diagnostic accuracy for detecting cirrhosis due to recurrent infection with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection following liver transplantation, according to a study published in the March issue of Liver Transplantation. According to the World Health Organization, chronic HCV affects up to 170 million people worldwide and could lead to more severe liver diseases such as cirrhosis and liver cancer…“The current gold standard for determining liver disease severity and progression is liver biopsy,” said Jayant A. Talwalkar, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., in a statement.

HealthImaging, by Lisa Fratt, 02/29/2012

Tags: Cancer, cirrhosis, HCV, hepatitis C virus, Jayant A. Talwalker, liver biopsy, liver transplantation, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Research, TE, Transplant, ultrasound-based transient elastography, World Health Organization

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