Are there different cut-off values for staging liver fibrosis using 2D-SWE implemented on different systems from the same manufacturer?

Ioan Sporea, Felix Bende, Alina Popescu, Raluca Lupusoru, Renata Fofiu, Roxana Sirli


Aim: To evaluate the range of liver stiffness (LS) cut-off values for predicting different stages of liver fibrosis (LF) for 2D-SWE-GE implemented on three different systems from General Electric Healthcare (LOGIQ E9, LOGIQ S8, LOGIQ P9).

Material and method: We performed a comparative study evaluating the performance of 2D-SWE-GE (LOGIQ E9, S8, P9) for predicting different stages of LF using Transient Elastography (TE) as the reference method. All patients (with or without chronic hepatopathies) were evaluated by TE, 331 patients were included in the LOGIQ E9 study, 179 in the LOGIQ S8 study and 234 in the LOGIQ P9 study. Reliable liver stiffness measurements (LSM) were defined for TE as the median value of 10 measurements with an interquartile range/median ratio (IQR/M)≤0.30 and for 2D-SWE-GE as the median value of 10 measurements and IQR/M≤0.30.

Results: Reliable LSM was obtained by both methods in 91.5% subjects of the LOGIQ E9 group, in 95.5% subjects from the LOGIQ S8 group and in 87.6% subjects in the LOGIQ P9 group. The performance of 2DSWE-GE for predicting F≥2 with LOGIQ E9, LOGIQ S8 and LOGIQ P9 systems were: cut-offs 6.7 kPa, 6.9 kPa and 6.8 kPa; AUCs 0.95, 0.92 and 0.93. For predicting F≥3, the performances were: cut-offs – 8.2 kPa, 8.2 kPa and 7.6 kPa; AUCs - 0.97, 0.93 and 0.94. For predicting F4, the performances were: cut-offs – 9.3 kPa, 9.3 kPa and 9.3 kPa; AUCs - 0.96, 0.91 and 0.91.

Conclusion: The LS cut-off values for 2D-SWE-GE implemented on different systems for predicting F≥2, F≥3 and F=4 are not significantly different.


liver fibrosis; bidimensional Shear Wave Elastography (2D-SWE); General Electric ultrasound machine

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