Addition of Reliability Measurement Index to Point Shear Wave Elastography: Prospective Validation via Diagnostic Performance and Reproducibility.


Department of Radiology, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, Korea; Department of Radiology, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea; Institute of Radiation Medicine, Seoul National University Medical Research Center, Seoul, Korea. Electronic address: [Email]


The clinical value of the reliability measurement index (RMI), newly added to point shear wave elastography (pSWE), was investigated. Forty-nine patients underwent both pSWE providing RMI (range: 0.0-1.0) and transient elastography (TE) before hepatic surgery. Interclass correlation coefficients (ICCs) between the median of the first two to nine measurements (as categorized by RMI values ≥0.0 (liver stiffness-reliability measurement index [LS-RMI] 0.0), ≥0.4 (LS-RMI 0.4) and ≥0.7 (LS-RMI 0.7) and the median of 10 consecutive measurements (LS-REF) were obtained. Compared with LS-REF, minimums of 7 LS-RMI 0.0, 5 LS-RMI 0.4 and 3 LS-RMI 0.7 measurements were required to obtain an ICC ≥0.95 with high inter-observer agreement (ICC ≥0.90). Diagnostic performance did not differ (p values >0.05) using these reduced numbers of LS measurements. Significant correlations were found between the reduced number of LS measurements and TE or METAVIR (p values <0.001). Therefore, RMI helped to improve reliability and reduce the number of LS measurements while maintaining the diagnostic performance of pSWE.


Elastography,Liver fibrosis,Point shear wave elastography,Reliability measurement index,Ultrasonography,