Original Article

Ultrasound Elastography Findings in Patients with NAFLD


  • Özüm Tunçyürek
  • M. Onur Türkkan
  • Nalan Mirzai
  • Uğur Açıkalın
  • Pars Tunçyürek

Received Date: 03.09.2014 Accepted Date: 18.09.2014 Meandros Med Dent J 2014;15(3):85-89


This study evaluates whether dynamic elastography could better characterize and differentiate the non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and patient pool for biopsy.


18 patients with NAFLD were examined by ultrasound (US) and elastography at the Department of Radiology. The patients, none of whom had any chronic liver disease, were 54±9.5 (35-71) years old (8 men; 10 women). Biochemical markers were evaluated. Patients with high liver echogenicity were classified as Stage III NAFLD. B-mode US equipment includes a Hitachi HI VISION Preirus system with an embedded elastography (EL) module (Hitachi Medical Systems Europe) and 6.5 MHz linear probe.


Of the cases, 55.6% were female and 44.4% were male. All cases with Stage I NAFLD were female (n:5). Only 33.3% of the cases with Stage III NAFLD were female (n:2). According to the results of elastography, no intergroup difference was differentiated when the stages of NAFLD were compared. When biochemical and hepatomegaly values were considered, differences were only detected in GGT and hepatomegaly values among the NAFLD groups (p:0.015).


In the study, the stages of hepatosteatosis could not be differentiated with the EL examination. Therefore, it was thought to be of no benefit to the selection.

Keywords: Elastography, hepatosteatosis, ultrasound