What is Ultrasound Elastography?
Ultrasound Elastography is a non-invasive ultrasound technique that sends sound waves through the tissue to test its stiffness. Most commonly used in the liver, this exam helps your doctor assess how the disease is affecting the tissue, which previously could only be checked by performing a biopsy of the liver. This information helps your doctor decide whether you may be a candidate for specific treatments, as well as monitor the effect of the treatment you may currently be receiving. Your doctor may request that the test is repeated as treatment decisions are made.
Your Ultrasound at TRA
When you have an imaging exam at TRA you can expect skilled, personal care every step of the way. Before your exam, a sonographer will review your medical history and answer any questions you may have. Your comfort during the ultrasound is our top priority. Your sonographer will ensure your comfort and privacy throughout your exam.
The Day of Your Exam and How to Prepare
Prior to your exam, our staff will inform you of the specific preparation instructions and your appointment check-in time. You will be asked to follow a special diet prior to your appointment.
You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for your exam; however, you may be asked to change into a gown.
For this exam, you will be positioned on an exam table, laying face up. The sonographer will apply a warm, water-based gel to the area being studied. The gel reduces the chance of air pockets blocking sound waves created by the transducer. There is usually no discomfort, however, if scanning is performed over an area of tenderness, you may feel pressure or minor discomfort.
Your Ultrasound Results
A board-certified radiologist will interpret images from your ultrasound exam. A final report will be completed within 24-48 hours and sent to your referring healthcare provider who will then explain the results and answer any follow-up questions you may have.
For More Information on this Exam
For more information on Ultrasound Elastography please visit: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=fatty-liver-disease