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In recent years, ultrasound attenuation imaging (ATI) has emerged as a new method to detect liver steatosis. However, thus far, no studies have confirmed the clinical utility of this technology. Using a retrospective database analysis of 28 patients with chronic liver disease who underwent ultrasound liver biopsy and ATI, we compared the presence and degree of steatosis measured by ATI with the results obtained through liver biopsy. The area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUROC) of the ATI for differentiating between normal and hepatic steatosis was 0.97 (95% confidence interval: 0.83-1.00). The AUROC of the ATI was 0.99 (95% confidence interval: 0.86-1.00) in grade ≥2 liver steatosis and 0.97 (95% confidence interval: 0.82-1.00) in grade 3. ATI showed good consistency and accuracy for the steatosis grading of liver biopsy. Therefore, ATI represents a novel diagnostic measurement to support the diagnosis of liver steatosis in non-invasive clinical practice.


Po-Ke Hsu, Li-Sha Wu, Hsu-Heng Yen, Hsiu Ping Huang, Yang-Yuan Chen, Pei-Yuan Su, Wei-Wen Su. Attenuation Imaging with Ultrasound as a Novel Evaluation Method for Liver Steatosis. Journal of clinical medicine. 2021 Mar 02;10(5)

PMID: 33801163

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