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Sophisticated alternative to fibroscan in the UK
This topic pertains mostly to people in the UK. Perspectum Diagnostics have developed a new method of MRI data processing which is being used to create detailed images of the liver. It accurately measures the degree of fibrosis or cirrhosis a patient has and exactly how it is distributed spatially.
They are running a trial of this and recruiting participants who will get the LMS free of charge at the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford. They will refund the cost of transport or pay 45pence per mile if you drive.
The trial is now coming to the end but they are still recruiting.
Obviously they want people with liver damage.
I have made an appointment with them for early September and look forward to it with interest.
G3a. Probably infected 40 years ago.
Diagnosed July 2015
7/7/2015: ALP 69, ALT 209, WBC 5.8, VL 40,000. Fibroscan 9.5 Kpa.
Commenced treatment Sof/Dac (Natco Pharma) 24 wks in Feb 16
VL UND @ 4 wks, 12 wks
PHEW! Thank you so much Dr James, Monkmeds and all at Fixhepc
This is an amazing new diagnostic and will seriously reduce the need for invasive procedures such as biopsy . Here is my scan (also posted in my blog, but that is long, so thanks for the opportunity to post again).
This scan uses MRI but without the need for contrast dye .
As well as fibrosis, it also measures iron & fat levels.
Perspectrum are doing great work to help liver disease patients :
GT1a Dec14 F2/8.7 VL 900000-2.5M
Jan16 Hepcivir-L MonkMed/Redemption
Baseline: VL 913575 Alt 76 Platelets low
Wk2 VL1157 Alt 23
DET Wk 8 VL 32 Alt19 'In the slow lane'
June16 Fibro 5.7 F0/1 LIF 1.5
Wk 11 VL<12 Alt 13 Det/Unq
Extending tx 12 wks Mylan Sofo/Dac MonkMed
Wk 14 VL <12 Det/Unq
Wk 16 VL UNDETECTED
Wk 22 + 4 Wks Sunprevir FixHepC
Wk 24 UNDETECTED Alt 13
Wk 12 post tx SVR12 Wk 26 SVR24
Thank-you Tim, Dr Debasis @ MonkMed & Dr Freeman @ Fix HepC