Liver Elastography

A non-invasive solution for faster clinical decisions.

As diffuse liver disease continues to be a major health problem for many adults, early detection is a critical factor in predicting treatment outcomes and preventing the development of life-threatening conditions. For patients, a non-invasive ultrasound alternative to painful and costly biopsies provides an improved experience and the peace of mind that comes with knowing there is a diagnostic tool that can assess liver fibrosis before abnormalities are detected, which can lead to early intervention and treatment.


Liver elastography is a noninvasive ultrasound examination that can diagnose, stage and monitor liver disease by measuring the stiffness of liver tissue. It reduces the need for costly and painful liver biopsies and allows for faster clinical decisions and advanced treatment planning. It may also be used as a follow-up tool for patients under treatment to monitor the progression, stabilization or regression of their liver disease.

Accurately assessing liver disease status is essential in determining if antiviral therapy is appropriate and in predicting treatment outcome and the potential for malignancy.

Ultrasound uses sound waves and their echoes, rather than X-rays, to view internal anatomy. That means the patient is not exposed to ionizing radiation. Ultrasound also can provide information about structures that cannot be gathered by conventional X-ray. In a liver elastography ultrasound examination, a hand-held transducer and warm gel are placed on the patient's skin. The transducer is both a transmitter and receiver, sending reflected echoes that are displayed as a two-dimensional image on a video screen.

Preparing for Your Exam

During scheduling, a Washington Radiology team member will review with you the preparation instructions specific to your liver elastography ultrasound exam. These instructions are repeated here for easy reference.

In addition to the written order from your doctor, please remember to bring any prior images or reports from outside Washington Radiology to your appointment if related to the reason for your visit with us.  

  • Do not eat or drink after midnight the night before your morning appointment, or for at least 6 hours prior to your afternoon appointment.

If you have any follow-up questions about these preparations, please contact the Washington Radiology office where your exam is scheduled and ask to speak with the nurse.

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