Primary biliary cirrhosis degree assessment by acoustic radiation force impulse imaging and hepatic fibrosis indicators
Hai-Chun Zhang, Rong-Fei Hu, Ting Zhu, Ling Tong, Department of Ultrasound, Huashan Hospital Baoshan Branch Affiliated to Fudan University, Shanghai 200431, China
Qiu-Qin Zhang, Department of Gastroenterology, Huashan Hospital Baoshan Branch Affiliated to Fudan University, Shanghai 200431, China
Author contributions: Zhang FC and Hu RF designed the research; Zhu T, Tong L, Zhang QQ, and Zhang HC performed the research; Hu RF contributed new reagents/analytic tools; Zhang HC and Zhu T analyzed data; and Tong L and Zhang QQ wrote the paper.
Institutional review board statement: The study was reviewed and approved by the Huashan Hospital Baoshan Branch Affiliated to Fudan University Institutional Review Board.
Informed consent statement: All study participants, or their legal guardian, provided informed written consent prior to study enrollment.
Conflict-of-interest statement: We declare that there are no conflicts of interest to disclose.
Data sharing statement: No additional data are available.
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Correspondence to: Rong-Fei Hu, Chief Physician, Department of Ultrasound, Huashan Hospital Baoshan Branch Affiliated to Fudan University, No. 1999 West Changjiang Road, Baoshan District, Shanghai 200431, China. firstname.lastname@example.org
Received: January 24, 2016
Peer-review started: January 25, 2016
First decision: February 18, 2016
Revised: March 2, 2016
Accepted: March 30, 2016
Article in press: March 30, 2016
Published online: June 14, 2016