Sonoelastography: Ultrasound Method to Measure Liver Fibrosis

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified November 2014 by Massachusetts General Hospital
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Anthony Samir, Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier:
First received: October 31, 2012
Last updated: November 16, 2014
Last verified: November 2014

HYPOTHESIS: The investigators hypothesize that sonoelastography (SE) provide accurate quantitative measurements that can be used to stage liver fibrosis in patients with chronic liver disease.

  1. To measure liver stiffness with sonoelastography in adults with suspect diffuse liver disease who will undergo nonfocal liver biopsy as part of their routine clinical care.
  2. To assess the sensitivity and specificity of sonoelastography for the detection and staging of liver fibrosis

Condition Intervention
Chronic Liver Disease
Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
HCV Coinfection
Drug-Induced Liver Injury
Device: Shear Wave sonoelastography

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
Official Title: Evaluate the Utility of Shear Wave Sonoelastography as a Tool to Measure Liver Fibrosis Grade.

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Further study details as provided by Massachusetts General Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The ROC curve of the capacity of the continuous measure of liver elasticity (measured in kilopascals) to differentiate cirrhosis from lesser degree of liver fibrosis. [ Time Frame: 3 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 200
Study Start Date: February 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: March 2015
Estimated Primary Completion Date: March 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Shear Wave Sonoelastography, Fibrosis
Shear Wave sonoelastography is performed on patients who are scheduled for a non-focal liver biopsy.
Device: Shear Wave sonoelastography
Shear Wave Sonoelastography as a ultrasound technique to measure liver fibrosis is performed on patients scheduled for non-focal liver biopsy. Results are compared with pathological score from liver biopsy.
Other Name: Supersonic Aixplorer

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adult patients (age 18 or older)
  • Men or women
  • Suspected diffuse liver disease
  • Consent to participate in the study

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pregnancy
  • Acute illness/cognitive impairment resulting in inability to cooperate with ultrasound.
  • Patients that do not consent to ultrasound or sonoelastography.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01747772

United States, Massachusetts
Massachusetts General Hospital Recruiting
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Contact: Anthony E Samir, MD    617-852-3241   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Massachusetts General Hospital
Principal Investigator: Anthony E Samir, MD Massachusetts General Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: Anthony Samir, Associate Director, Ultrasound Imaging Services Assistant Radiologist, Abdominal Imaging & Intervention Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier: NCT01747772     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2009P002791 
Study First Received: October 31, 2012
Last Updated: November 16, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Massachusetts General Hospital:
Non-focal Liver Disease
Shear Wave Sonoelastography
Metavir Liver Fibrosis Grading

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Drug-Induced Liver Injury
Fatty Liver
Liver Diseases
Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Digestive System Diseases
Drug-Related Side Effects and Adverse Reactions
Parasitic Diseases
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