Liver Elastography

Non-Invasive Liver Assessment Made Simple

While a liver biopsy is considered the gold standard for diagnosing liver fibrosis and cirrhosis, it is an invasive procedure with potential risks for your patient. And it only provides a small tissue sample, which can impact accuracy.

Rhode Island Medical Imaging is the only out-patient imaging center offering shear wave ultrasound elastography, a non-invasive procedure for assessing liver fibrosis. It provides a “virtual biopsy” by using stiffness measurements to stage liver disease. It turns an invasive, painful, and expensive procedure into a simple, painless one, making it easier to monitor your patient.

Patient Benefits of Liver Elastography:

  • Non-invasive
  • Painless
  • No risk of complications
  • Less expensive and faster than a biopsy
  • Can be repeated as necessary

Referring Provider Benefits of Liver Elastography:

  • Provides a Metavir score to quantitatively grade liver fibrosis
  • Serial examinations can monitor disease progression and treatment efficacy
  • Samples a wide area of the liver
  • Liver cancer screening and vascular evaluation can be performed at the same time
  • Improved patient compliance

Patient Profile and Preparation:

  • Any patient who has been diagnosed with any known liver disease
  • Patient must fast for 6 hours before procedure

For more information call us at (401) 432-2400.