BANGOR – New technology at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center is making it easier for doctors to detect certain liver diseases.
It’s known as Shear Wave Elastography, and it provides a precise measurement of the stiffness of a patient’s liver.
Doctors use that data to identify illnesses like cirrhosis of the liver, which, if caught quick enough, can help prevent other chronic health concerns.
The new technology is also quick and non-invasive.
“Instead of coming in and being set up for hours for a liver biopsy, going through the procedure that involves some potential complications … they’re able to come to the ultrasound department on an outpatient basis, walk into the room, have a scan that takes probably less than 15 minutes, and give their provider some quantitative analysis of what stage of liver disease that they have,” said Ryan Saucier, an ultrasound supervisor at Northern Light Imaging.
If you’re concerned about a possible liver issue, you can ask your primary care provider for a referral to use the new procedure.