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Non-invasive liver fibrosis evaluation might soon be available in US
My hepatologist in UC San Diego said today they are planning to purchase a non-invasive machine able to measure liver stiffness next year.  Here's the manufacturer's announcement of the FDA approval:

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20120920005908/en/Innovative-Ultrasound-Company-SuperSonic-Imagine-Receives-FDA

I have not done an extended research yet, but here's an abstract about a clinical study of this machine:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21775051

So, if you live in US, ask your hepatologist about this next you see him/her.  It might be available soon in your area.

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A very interesting video from the company website -the images are interesting but not the speakers. It is not Fibroscan, but seems to be more versatile.So I think you may have Fibroscan in every Liver specialist's office, but the new machine in a Radiology clinic?
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is this being bought by Gish's office?
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Gish has been appointed chairman of Arrowhead's Hepatitis B Clinical Advisory Board recently.
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That is how many years behind the rest of the world? :)

Maybe they  or their affiliates will have surface antigen quant available too without a trade for 700 ml of blood.
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