Ultrasound & MR Elastography In Children
Presented by: Daniel Podberesky, MD
Original Program Date: September 8, 2016 Credits: 1 Format: Audio Visual Run Time: 62 Minutes Fee: No Charge
Ultrasound and MR elastography are relatively new, clinically validated, and highly reliable and reproducible imaging techniques to non-invasively, rapidly, and cost-effectively evaluate chronic liver disease in children and adults.
These techniques have widespread applicability in the pediatric population, not only in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a leading cause of chronic liver disease in U.S. children, but in a variety of other pediatric chronic liver diseases. By measuring tissue stiffness, the radiologist can assist the clinician in identifying the presence of fibrosis within the liver parenchyma.
Histopathologic examination of liver biopsy specimens has long been considered the gold standard for the evaluation of hepatic fibrosis. However, liver biopsy is invasive, costly, not without complications, samples only a fraction of the liver parenchyma, and requires sedation/anesthesia in young children.
In this Expert Forum, Dr. Podberesky provides a brief overview of ultrasound and MR elastography techniques, reviews the current literature, applications, and provides imaging examples.
Following Dr. Podberesky's presentation, questions from the audience were addressed in a moderated Q&A session.