Elastography in Focal Liver Lesions
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Mirela Dănilă and Ana Jurchiş
The accurate characterization and the differential diagnosis between
different types of focal liver lesions (FLL) are important aims that all imaging
modalities available today should satisfy. Elastographic methods aim to exploit the
elasticity differences between FLL and liver parenchyma in order to make the
differential diagnosis between malignant and benign lesions. Currently, three
elastographic methods have been evaluated and showed their applicability in this area:
Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse (ARFI) Elastography, Real-time Elastography (RTE)
and Shear Waves Elastography (SWE). Many studies have shown that using one of
the elastographic methods, for a chosen cut-off, the differentiation between malignant
and benign nodules is possible. Other studies demonstrated that elastographic
techniques are helpful to detect recurring hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs), or to
evaluate HCC or liver metastases after local or systemic treatment.
Benign or malignant, Elastography, Focal liver lesions.
Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, “Victor Babeş” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, 10, Iosif Bulbuca Bv., 300736, Timişoara, Romania.