Imaging test may reduce the need for liver biopsy

09/26/2013 | Medscape (free registration)

Magnetic resonance elastography noninvasively and accurately pinpoints pediatric fibrosis, even in cases of chronic liver disease and severe obesity, a series of case studies shows. If tests of more patients confirm the findings, MRE could serve as an alternative to ultrasound-based elastography, aid in early diagnosis and reduce the need to perform a biopsy to diagnose liver fibrosis.

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