Ultrasound or MR elastography of liver: which one shall I use?

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Liver stiffness is now a well-established noninvasive biomarker for assessing fibrosis in chronic liver disease. MRI-based and ultrasound-based dynamic elastography techniques have been introduced for assessment of liver stiffness and useful in clinical staging of hepatic fibrosis. Several different elastography techniques are now available with each method having inherent strengths and limitations. The published literature generally indicates that MR elastography has a higher diagnostic performance and fewer technical failures than ultrasound-based elastography techniques in assessing hepatic fibrosis. There is also significant potential to further develop elastography techniques to implement multiparametric methods that have promise for distinguishing between processes such as inflammation, fibrosis, venous congestion, and portal hypertension that can result in increased liver stiffness. In this commentary, we compare MR and ultrasound elastography methods and their utility in clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalAbdominal Radiology
StateAccepted/In press - Oct 7 2017



  • Elastography
  • Hepatic fibrosis
  • Liver stiffness
  • MRI
  • Shear wave
  • Ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology
  • Urology

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