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What is elastography?

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Elastography is a newer test to check on fibrosis in your liver. It doesn’t involve taking cells from your liver. There are two kinds. FibroScan uses ultrasound waves to measure fibrosis by how stiff your liver has become. The stiffer your liver is, the more fibrosis it has. Elastography with MRI 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 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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