Published online Aug 14, 2013. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v19.i30.4841
Revised: April 15, 2013
Accepted: July 17, 2013
Published online: August 14, 2013
Core tip: In the present study, the existing literature, to the best of our knowledge, about acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) application on diffuse and focal liver pathology has been evaluated and results and statistical analyses have been compared, bringing to the conclusion that ARFI can be used in the study of the liver with similar accuracy than transient elastography in diagnosing significant fibrosis or cirrhosis and has got some advantages in respect to transient elastography since it does not require separate equipment, better displays anatomical structures and measurements can be successfully carried out almost in every patient.