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Reliability of performing ultrasound derived SWE and fat fraction in adult livers

Published:September 07, 2021DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clinimag.2021.08.025

      Highlights

      • List reliability in performing liver ultrasound derived fat fraction (UDFF)
      • List the comparison between conventional pSWE and newly developed auto-pSWE
      • Demonstrating a good reproducibility of newly developed UDFF and auto-pSWE in adult livers

      Abstract

      Purpose

      The aim of the study was to test the reproducibility of performing conventional point shear wave elastography (pSWE), auto-pSWE, and ultrasound derived fat fraction (UDFF) in adult livers.

      Methods

      The Institutional Review Board approved the study and all participants provided written informed consent. Conventional pSWE (obtaining 10 measurements through 10 acquisitions), auto-pSWE (automatically obtaining 15 measurements by a single acquisition), and UDFF (one measurement obtained by one acquisition) of the liver were prospectively performed in 21 participants (10 men, 11 women, mean age 63y) by senior and junior operators in February-May 2021. Shear wave velocity (SWV, m/s) of the liver was measured by conventional pSWE and auto-pSWE. Intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) and Bland-Altman limits of agreement were used to test intra-observer repeatability and inter-observer reproducibility in measuring pSWE, auto-pSWE, and UDFF.

      Results

      ICC for testing intra-observer repeatability and inter-observer reproducibility in performing pSWE, auto-pSWE, and UDFF was >0.85 (95% confidence interval 0.85-0.99). The mean difference of 95% Bland-Altman limits of agreement was -0.02 (upper 0.09, lower -0.12) and the correlation of SWV measured between conventional pSWE and auto-pSWE methods was strong (r2 = 0.87).

      Conclusion

      Our results suggest good repeatability and reproducibility in measuring UDFF and SWV in adult livers. The auto-pSWE has higher reliability, reproducibility and time efficacy in measuring SWV of adult livers when compared to conventional pSWE method.

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