Comparison Between Different Manufacturers’ 2-D and Point Shear Wave Elastography Techniques in Staging Liver Fibrosis in Chronic Liver Disease Using Liver Biopsy as the Reference Standard: A Prospective Study


      The purpose of this study was to assess the utility of 2-D shear wave elastography (SWE) in assessing liver fibrosis in patients with chronic liver disease by comparing its performance with that of point shear wave elastography (pSWE) using liver histological staging as the reference standard. In this ethics committee-approved, single-institution prospective study, pSWE and 2-D SWE velocity measurements were obtained in 121 adult patients (age: 18–70 y, median: 45 y) immediately before a liver biopsy for chronic liver disease. Shear wave velocity (SWV) and Ishak scores were compared using the Kruskal–Wallis test, Spearman's correlation and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis. Youden's index was used to determine the optimal cutoff point. There was no technical failure using pSWE and 2-D SWE. The mean difference for SWV between pSWE and 2-D SWE was 0.0223 (limits of agreement: –1.1009, 1.1145). Values for both pSWE and 2-D SWE were significantly correlated with fibrosis stage (Spearman's ρ = 0.606, p < 0.0001; ρ = 0.722, p < 0.001 respectively). The area under the ROC curve differentiating F ≥3 was 0.855 (95% confidence interval: 0.778–0.932) for pSWE and 0.884 (95% CI: 0.817–0.951) for 2-D SWE. The AUC for differentiating F ≥5 was 0.890 (95% CI: 0.826–0.954) for pSWE and 0.926 (95% CI: 0.88–0.973) for 2-D SWE. This study indicates that 2-D SWE provides feasible and accurate assessment of liver fibrosis, comparable to that provided by pSWE from two different manufacturers’ machines.

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