Description of Medical ServiceTransient elastography at 50Hz is used to measure the liver stiffness and by inference fibrosis of the liver in patients with confirmed Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. Transient elastography at 50Hz uses non-invasive ultrasound to make measurements of patient’s livers which can be interpreted by a medical specialist and used to guide the patient’s treatment depending on the disease progression or regression.
Description of Medical ConditionPatients with confirmed Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C can go on to develop liver fibrosis and if unchecked then to develop liver cirrhosis.
Of the people that contract Hepatitis the majority are asymptomatic (estimated to be about 80%). The remaining approximate 20% however will develop some level of liver fibrosis; of them approximately 25% will have rapid progression towards liver cirrhosis. The remaining 75% will have slow progression towards liver cirrhosis.
Reason for ApplicationNew MBS item
Medical Service TypeTherapeutic
Previous Application NumberNot Applicable
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Meetings for this Application
PASC16 April 2015
11 - 12 December 2014