Motion effects on the measurement of stiffness on ultrasound shear wave elastography: a moving liver fibrosis phantom study

Hyun Joo Shin, Myung-Joon Kim, Choon-Sik Yoon, Kwanseop Lee, Kwan Sik Lee, Jong-Chul Park, Mi-Jung Lee, Haesung Yoon

Abstract


Aims: To evaluate the differences between shear wave velocities (SWVs) measured with ultrasound elastography during the continuous motion using liver fibrosis phantoms.

Materials and methods: Elasticities were measured with convex and linear transducers of supersonic shear wave imaging (SSI) and acoustic radiation force impulse imaging (ARFI) using liver elasticity phantoms (3.0 and 16.9 kPa) at depths of 2, 3, 4, and 5 cm. Motion velocities were 30 and 60 rpm with the phantoms in an upright position on the Orbital shaker. To simulate different directional motion, the phantoms were laid on their side on the shaker. The values between moving and static status were compared, and the number of measurement failure was counted. 

Results: In SSI, the convex transducer was less affected by motion at 30 rpm with the 3 kPa phantom. In the higher velocity motion and in the higher stiffness phantom, most values from SSI were different comparing with static status, and there was a tendency for elasticity values to increase during movement. In ARFI, there were frequent measurement failures without stable results during the motion.

Conclusions: Motion affected the measurement of elasticity differently in SSI and ARFI, according to the velocity, direction of the motion, and phantom stiffness. The convex transducer of SSI was less affected by motion in lower velocity motion and when using normal liver stiffness phantom.


Keywords


ultrasonography; elastography; shear wave velocity; motion; phantom

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11152/mu-1138

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