Adolescent liver disease research

Pictured are (from left), Professor of epidemiology Debbie Lawlor, consultant radiologist Dr Janice Ash-Miles, Cliona Cunningham and Janice Miles of Siemens, sonographer Helen Smith, senior data manager Paul Snell, sonographer Cathy Bauer and senior clinic manager Larissa Duffy.


The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), a long-term health research project based within the department of Social Medicine at Bristol University, is using two Acuson S2000 ultrasound systems from Siemens Healthcare for acoustic radiation force impulse imaging to investigate non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in 16-18-year-old adolescents.  The study is funded by the Medical Research Council.


The first commercially available implementation of impulse imaging uses an acoustic ‘push pulse’ to interrogate the mechanical strain properties or stiffness of deep tissue.


See the full report on page 12 of the February 2010 issue of RAD Magazine.

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