What is an Shear Wave Elastography?
Shear wave elastography is an imaging technique which quantifies liver stiffness, by measuring the speed of sheer waves in the liver tissue.
By measuring the speed of the ultrasound in the liver tissue, the underlying stiffness of the liver is quantified. A low speed corresponds to a soft liver, while a high speed indicates stiffer tissue.
What happens during my Shear Wave Elastography Test?
Much like having an abdominal ultrasound, you will be required to be flat on the ultrasound couch facing the ceiling. You wont feel anything. The ultrasound technician will use their camera to take measurements of the liver to obtain special readings for the test.
Do I need an appointment?
Yes an appointment is necessary. The scan time is quite short so it wont take long.
How much does the shear wave elastogrpahy cost?
At Vision Radiology we pride ourselves on our ability to deliver first class services within the health system using Bulk billing methodology. This means that your shear wave elastography will be bulk billed if you have your medicare card and a practitioners referral with you, and you will have no out of pocket expenses.
Can I use my referral anywhere?
Yes, we can accept any other radiology referrals. If in doubt please seek advice from our friendly reception staff.
How do I prepare for my shear wave elastography?
You will need to fast for 6 hours before the scan.