Challenges and Considerations When Using Shear Wave Elastography to Evaluate the Transplanted Kidney, With Pictorial Review

Heather Early, Jorge Aguilera, Ellen Cheang, John P McGahan

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Abstract

The gold standard in evaluating renal allograft dysfunction has traditionally been renal biopsy. However, not only does biopsy come with inherent risks, the time frame from biopsy to detecting renal dysfunction is often inefficient. It is therefore advantageous to have a noninvasive, low-cost, time-saving method, such as shear wave elastography (SWE), to detect fibrosis early, to maximize immunosuppressive care. It is important to consider factors that affect tissue stiffness in the kidney, as well as the challenges incurred when using SWE in this anisotropic organ, in order to select the most appropriate patients for this exam.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1771-1782
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of ultrasound in medicine : official journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Volume36
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017

Keywords

  • renal allograft
  • renal transplant
  • renal transplant elastography
  • renal transplant rejection
  • shear wave elastography
  • ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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