Liver stiffness on MRE ‘predicts high risk for complications’

A meta-analysis backs the clinical utility of such imaging, including in combination with FIB-4 scores

A high score on magnetic resonance elastography-detected liver stiffness in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is linked to a near 16-fold greater risk of hepatic complications, a review shows.

Conversely, a low magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) score has “excellent” negative predictive value and could inform risk-based screening intervals, according to US researchers.