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Shear Wave Elastography & Liver Biopsy Specialist

Gastro Center of Maryland -  - Gastroenterologist

Gastro Center of Maryland

Board-certified gastroenterologists and the staff of the Gastro Center of Maryland can perform liver biopsies and other diagnostic procedures. Gastro Center of Maryland offers services to patients who live in the greater DMV area. To schedule a consultation, call 410-290-6677 or book an appointment online today! 

Shear Wave Elastography & Liver Biopsy Q & A

What is a Shear Wave Elastography?

Shear Wave Elastography (SWE) is an imaging modality that estimates the elastic properties or stiffness of tissue in the body such as the liver. It’s an imaging technique that uses ultrasound to determine the amount of fibrosis or scar tissue in the liver as a result of chronic liver disease. It can also be used to measure the amount of fat in the liver. Performing elastography has replaced the need for liver biopsy in many patients.  

When is a liver biopsy needed?

When the liver becomes damaged, a liver biopsy may be needed to determine the cause of the injury, whether it be from toxins such as alcohol, a viral infection such as hepatitis, or hereditary diseases. If an elastography shows that the liver is damaged, a liver biopsy may be next step in management. Fatty liver disease, cirrhosis, and liver tumors may require a liver biopsy as well.

What will a liver biopsy show?

A liver biopsy can provide a significant amount of information. It can show excessive amounts of fat in the liver, suggesting fatty liver disease or steatosis. It can determine the amount of damage and scar tissue if a condition, such as cirrhosis of the liver, is present. If tumors are present in the liver, a liver biopsy can confirm the cancer. A liver biopsy may provide the doctors at Gastro Center of Maryland with valuable information about the condition of the liver to determine the best treatment course.

Custom testimonials

  • "Everyone at the office is wonderful"

    —Anne S.

  • "The Annapolis office was a delight to visit. Everyone answered my questions and calmed my fears. I have no problem with my doctor conducting my procedure in a few weeks."


  • "I have been happy with the staff and care I've received here so far satisfied with my overall experience"

    —BONNIE K.

  • "Highly recommend Dr. Rosenbloom. I went to see him with some concerns and had a ton of anxiety and fear. "

    —BRETT C.

  • "All of the staff are really nice and helpful. Colleen Abell is so easy to talk to, she listens to what you have to say and is determined to help with the any concerns ..."


  • "Dr. Rosenbloom is the best . He takes the time to listen and after suffering for 3 yrs going back and forth to my primary. Dr . Rosenbloom figured out exactly what I ..."


  • "Very friendly each and everyone is ready to help you at every step. I love going there."

    —ASHVIN S.

  • "Been a patient for about a year now. Dr. Castillo is fantastic, along with Colleen. She was very attentive to my concerns and showed a lot of compassion. Would highly ..."

    —ANGELA O.


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