Elastography for Pediatric Chronic Liver Disease: A Review and Expert Opinion

Giovanna Ferraioli, Richard G Barr, Jonathan R Dillman

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In adults with chronic liver diseases, ultrasound and magnetic resonance shear wave elastography (SWE) can replace liver biopsy in several clinical scenarios. Several guidelines on the use of ultrasound SWE for the adult population have been published. However, the number of publications in the pediatric population is limited, and available guidelines on SWE do not specifically address pediatric chronic liver diseases. In this article, we review the literature on the use of SWE for pediatric chronic liver diseases and provide expert opinion on how to use SWE, both ultrasound and magnetic resonance techniques, in the pediatric population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)909-928
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of ultrasound in medicine : official journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2021


  • Adult
  • Biopsy
  • Child
  • Elasticity Imaging Techniques
  • Expert Testimony
  • Humans
  • Liver/diagnostic imaging
  • Liver Cirrhosis
  • Liver Diseases/diagnostic imaging
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging


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