Chinese Medical Sciences Journal ›› 2011, Vol. 26 ›› Issue (4): 208-215.doi: 10.1016/S1001-9294(12)60002-9

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Quantitative Assessment of Hepatic Fibrosis by Contrast-enhanced Ultrasonography

Ming-bo Zhang1, En-ze Qu1, Ji-Bin Liu2, and Jin-rui Wang1, 2*   

  1. 1Department of Ultrasound, Peking University Third Hospital, Beijing 100191, China; 2Inner Mongolia Institute of Ultrasound, Erdos 017000, China
  • Received:2011-10-13 Online:2011-12-30 Published:2011-12-30
  • Contact: Corresponding author Tel:86-10-82265582, E-mail: jinrui_wang@ E-mail:jinrui_wang@

Abstract: Objective To explore the contrast-enhanced ultrasonographic features for quantitative assessment of hepatic fibrosis.
Methods 86 patients with chronic viral hepatitis B were enrolled in this study from March 2007 to August 2009. The patients were classified into 5 groups (S0-S4) according to fibrosis stage evaluated with ultrasound guided liver biopsy. New contrast-enhanced ultrasonography (CEUS) features including area under the time-intensity curve (TIC) of portal venous phase/hepatic arterial phase (Qp/Qa) and intensity of portal venous phase/hepatic arterial phase (Ip/Ia) were used to detect the blood supply ratio (portal vein/hepatic artery) in each group. Arrival time of portal vein trunk (Tp) and decreasing rate of TIC (β) were also analyzed.
Results Qp/Qa and Ip/Ia decreased from S0 to S4, while Tp and β increased. These 4 features were significantly correlated with the degree of fibrosis (P<0.001) and were significantly different among the five groups (P<0.001). Sensitivity and specificity of Ip/Ia were 80% and 86% for groups ≥S1, 75% and 86% for groups ≥ S2, 71% and 84% for groups ≥ S3, and 76% and 80% for group S4, respectively. Sensitivity and specificity of Qp/Qa were 70% and 88% for groups ≥ S1, 80% and 76% for groups ≥ S2, 74% and 70% for groups ≥ S3, and 81% and 95% for group S4, respectively.
Conclusion Ip/Ia and Qp/Qa could be adopted as reliable, non-invasive features for quantitative assessment of hepatic fibrosis.

Key words: hepatic fibrosis, contrast-enhanced ultrasonography, quantitative, non-invasive


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