We present here the first update of the 2013 EFSUMB (European Federation of Societies for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology) Guidelines and Recommendations on the clinical use of elastography with a focus on the assessment of diffuse liver disease. The short version provides clinical information about the practical use of elastography equipment and interpretation of results in the assessment of diffuse liver disease and analyzes the main findings based on published studies, stressing the evidence from meta-analyses. The role of elastography in different etiologies of liver disease and in several clinical scenarios is also discussed. All of the recommendations are judged with regard to their evidence-based strength according to the Oxford Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine Levels of Evidence. This updated document is intended to act as a reference and to provide a practical guide for both beginners and advanced clinical users.

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Keywords alcoholic hepatitis, chronic liver disease, chronic viral hepatitis, fibrosis, guidelines, hepatitis, liver, NAFLD, shear wave elastography, strain elastography
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1055/s-0043-103955, hdl.handle.net/1765/99254
Journal Ultraschall in der Medizin
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Dietrich, C.F, Bamber, J.C, Berzigotti, A. (Annalisa), Bota, S. (Simona), Cantisani, V. (Vito), Castera, L. (Laurent), … Thiele, M. (Maja). (2017). EFSUMB Guidelines and Recommendations on the Clinical Use of Liver Ultrasound Elastography, Update 2017 (Short Version). Ultraschall in der Medizin (Vol. 38, pp. 377–394). doi:10.1055/s-0043-103955