Elastography

Ultrasound of the Abdomen with Liver Elastography

What is a Liver Elastography?

It is a non-invasive diagnostic imaging study used to measure the degree of liver stiffness or scaring, known as fibrosis. The technology measures the velocity of a sound wave passing through the liver providing a liver stiffness measurement. The measurement of liver fibrosis is used to assess the stage of liver disease in patients, providing a non-surgical alternative to the traditional liver biopsy.

Clinical Indications:

  • Fibrosis staging of chronic liver disease
  • Evaluation of patients with unexplained portal hypertension
  • Assessment of patients with known cirrhosis
  • Follow-up on previously diagnosed fibrosis
  • Follow-up to assess response to treatment in patients with viral hepatitis
  • Genetic diseases such as hemochromatosis and Wilson’s disease

Benefits of Biopsy:

  • Non-invasive
  • No pain
  • No sedation
  • Short exam
  • Less expensive

Patient Prep and Locations:

Patient must fast 6 hours prior to the exam.

Liver Elastography is performed in our Nutley, West Caldwell and Jersey City offices

ORDER AS: US ABDOMINAL COMPLETE WITH LIVER ELASTOGRAPHY

CPT CODES:
76700…….US ABDOMINAL COMPLETE
76981-59…….ELASTOGRAPHY

Follow normal insurance requirements for referrals and authorizations. Not all health plans cover Elastography.
Horizon NJ Health will require authorization for both the US and the Elastography codes.

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