Fatty liver assessment with Attenuation Coefficient Estimation (ACE)

One in every five people will develop liver disease in their lifetime. Few people think about liver disease until the disease has progressed and has permanently damaged the liver. Fatty liver disease falls into this category with obesity as the most common cause. Given more than 50% of Canadians are overweight and 75% of obese individuals are at risk of developing a fatty liver, this is a widespread problem. Canadians with fatty liver and other liver diseases need a tool for detecting and monitoring their liver health. Analogous to blood pressure numbers, we need numbers for liver health. This MITACS project proposes to provide these numbers: one number for liver fat that is related to risk, and one number for liver fibrosis that is related to damage. We will develop the algorithms that calculate the numbers and implement the algorithms on a low-cost portable ultrasound system. TO BE CONT'D

Intern: 
Mohammad Honarvar
Caitlin Schneider
Faculty Supervisor: 
Purang Abolmaesumi
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British Columbia
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