Liver fibrosis relentlessly accompanies the evolution of chronic hepatitis. In the protocols of diagnosis, staging and treatment, the assessment of liver fibrosis is absolutely mandatory in the correct therapeutic gesture. Liver biopsy is an invasive, risky method. There are currently a number of non-invasive tests that offer the correct staging of fibrosis and are admitted in the therapeutic decision and monitoring of chronic hepatitis.
ShearWave elastography is a technological achievement that allows ultrasound to provide complementary information by accurately measuring the elasticity of tissue in kilopascals; this is assessed by the speed at which the waves propagate through the tissue. ShearWave elastography is used on many organs such as the liver, prostate, thyroid, breast or gynecology.
The advantages of SW elastography
Simple, painless test
The test for liver fibrosis is non-invasive and painless. It is simple, fast and reproducible.
Following SWE elastography, the result is immediately made available to the patient.
The test can be repeated at any time
The procedure can be performed whenever necessary, especially when done for the evaluation of the treatment.
Experienced medical team
Latest medical equipment
European standard medical services
Optimal conditions day hospitalization
ShearWave elastography indications
Chronic hepatitis with B or C virus
Liver cirrhosis of any etiology
Patients who refuse liver puncture
Values in hepatitis and cirrhosis
Fibrosis in chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis is assessed through 4 degrees, from F1 to F4 (F1 being the lowest degree).
The approximate correspondence between liver fibrosis and SW elastography results is as follows:
- Mild fibrosis / absence of fibrosis (F0-F1) 4.8 kPa (4.0-5.7);
- Moderate fibrosis (F2) 7.2 kPa (5.7-9);
- Advanced fibrosis (F3) 8.5 kPa (6.7- 9.5);
- Cirrhosis (F4) 14.0 kPa (11-17).
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Our activity takes place in a pleasant and welcoming environment and we value hygiene and cleanliness. This way we can offer our patients safety, comfort and high quality complete medical services.
Each patient is important to us and we strive to respect the appointment times. However, the scheduled time might get pushed further due to cases that require investigations more thorough than initially anticipated.
Within each specialized department within the DigestMed clinic, patients are informed about their upcoming investigations and specialists promptly answer any health-related question they might have.
DigestMed is happy to introduce you to its medical team: skillful doctors with extensive experience. Their investigations lead to quick and effective treatment, tailored to each patient’s specific needs.