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World J Gastroenterol. Jun 7, 2023; 29(21): 3318-3327
Published online Jun 7, 2023. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v29.i21.3318
Artifacts in two-dimensional shear wave elastography of liver
Hui-Peng Wang, Peng-Chao Zheng, Xue-Mei Wang, Liang Sang
Hui-Peng Wang, Peng-Chao Zheng, Xue-Mei Wang, Liang Sang, Department of Ultrasound, The First Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang 110001, Liaoning Province, China
Author contributions: Wang HP and Sang L designed the research study; Wang HP and Zheng PC performed the research; Wang HP and Wang XM collected and analyzed the data; Wang HP and Sang L wrote the manuscript; all authors reviewed and approved the manuscript.
Institutional review board statement: The study was approved by the Institutional Ethical Review Board of The First Hospital of China Medical University (Approval No. AF-SOP-07-1.1-01).
Informed consent statement: All patients provided written informed consent prior to study enrollment.
Conflict-of-interest statement: The authors of this manuscript having no conflicts of interest to disclose.
Data sharing statement: No additional data are available.
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Corresponding author: Liang Sang, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Doctor, Department of Ultrasound, The First Hospital of China Medical University, No. 155 Nanjing North Street, Shenyang 110001, Liaoning Province, China. 13889167622@163.com
Received: February 27, 2023
Peer-review started: February 27, 2023
First decision: March 14, 2023
Revised: March 23, 2023
Accepted: May 6, 2023
Article in press: May 6, 2023
Published online: June 7, 2023
Core Tip

Core Tip: Artifacts are common when using two-dimensional shear wave elastography (2-D SWE) to measure liver stiffness (LS), especially for the novice. We investigated the presence and influence of artifacts in 2-D SWE of liver. Our results showed artifacts were more likely to occur in the bottom-left corner of the elastogram. Artifacts may lead to the overestimation of LS and reduce the repeatability and reliability of LS measurements. For the elastograms with artifacts, we should place the Q-Box away from the artifacts.