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Hepatology / Gastroenterology

Image guided quantification of liver tissue stiffness

  • Real-time ShearWave™ Elastography

Do you see Hepatitis B or C patients in your practice?

ShearWave Elastography (SWE™) is a comfortable, non-invasive technology that can be used for imaging patients with chronic liver disease. SWE offers the advantage of a real-time image of liver anatomy, while also providing a color coded map and quantitative measurement of liver stiffness.

The real-time ShearWave Elastography exam:

  • Can be performed in a hospital or private practice
  • Takes as little as 60 seconds
  • Provides imaging and liver stiffness quantification simultaneously


The B-Mode ratio tool, also available on Aixplorer, can be used to assess liver echogenicity against a reference tissue (renal cortex for example), which can be used as an indicator of the extend of liver steatosis.


Testimonial from Dr Trotter - Hepatology Medical Center at Baylor University (USA)






Single Crystal Curved Array XC6-1

Number of elements : 192
Bandwith: 1-6 MHz
Applications : Abdominal, Genitourinary, OB-GYN, Pediatrics, Thyroid, Vascular, General

« ShearWave Elastography is done identically to ultrasonography so it’s a very comfortable and simple exam for the patient and it takes only 30-90 seconds to perform. It gives us a qualitative and quantitative way to determine the degree of chronic liver injury our Hepatitis C patients have. We use it on a routine basis to help us make clinical decisions about how we treat patients and we think that by using this technique, we can cut down the number of biopsies by about half.»
Dr. James Trotter, MD of Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, USA.