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What happens when you get elastography with MRI?

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This approach uses pictures from ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines. Your doctor will make a special map using these pictures that shows how stiff your liver is.

You lie on a table, and a small pad is placed on your belly that carries vibrations through your liver. The table slides into an MRI machine shaped like a long tube. It uses strong magnets that move around you to get pictures of your organs and other structures inside your body. You might wear earplugs or headphones to help block loud noises from the machine. The test should take less than an hour. You might not be able to have an MRI elastography test if you are pregnant or have devices made of metal inside your body. These devices include pacemakers, artificial heart valves, or pumps to push medicine into your veins. If you’re pregnant, the magnets in the MRI machine might hurt the baby or make the devices stop working right.

SOURCES:

CDC: “Hepatitis C Questions and Answers for the Public.”

The Hepatitis C Trust: “Hepatitis C Liver Damage Progression.”

American Liver Foundation: “The Progression of Liver Disease.”

University of Virginia: “Diagnosing Liver Fibrosis: Choosing the Right Test for You.”

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: “Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Elastography.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Understanding Your FibroScan Results.”

U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Blood Tests.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on June 26, 2020

SOURCES:

CDC: “Hepatitis C Questions and Answers for the Public.”

The Hepatitis C Trust: “Hepatitis C Liver Damage Progression.”

American Liver Foundation: “The Progression of Liver Disease.”

University of Virginia: “Diagnosing Liver Fibrosis: Choosing the Right Test for You.”

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: “Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Elastography.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Understanding Your FibroScan Results.”

U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Blood Tests.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on June 26, 2020

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