The Diagnostic effectiveness of ultrasound elastography in the detection and assessment of liver fibrosis



The paper is for the subject of diagnostic radiography-It is 6000 words +/- 1096 It is
my second attempt at a dissertation so if I fail I fail the degree!!! I will need weekly
updates of writing to show my tutors, probably every Wednesday or Thusday- My
university has its own referencing style which I will attach a file as we do not use
Harvard etc- you will need access to my medical jounals and online library so I will
attach my login details for you- I

It is a literatu’e review- The review can only be on primary data, not other reviews- I
essentially need curent articles and those up to 5 years- I will attach my friends
dissertation as a example of what is expected. I will also attach the instruction booklet
of how the university would like it done- I need 30 to 40 relevant references- I will
include basic instructions to help:

Gather articles that are relevant: note those on specificty and sensitivity, time taken
etc. Every time you do a search note how many hits you got and record the search
and hits-they want to see the proof-

Introduction: 800 words- Set the scene, background, aims, what is elastography, why
are we interested in looking at fibrosis (e-g- for hepatitis?)- Set a single aim e-g- the
effectiveness in detecting fibrosis- Define effectiveness i-e- diagnostic accuacy, cost,
safety etc- Mention other modalities used to measue fibrosis e-g- MRI- Include an
image of a liver elastography scan in the introduction-

Methods: About 1000 words- Include a summary table and Prisma Flow Chart- Include
the search strategy-state the terms you will use “Iver, elastography, fibrosis”- State
which search databases you will use e-g- Pubmed, Google Scholar and the benefits
and limitations of each- The inclusion criteria needs: primary research, , include data
on diagnostic accuacy-all published within the last 5 years if possible- Mention the
use of CASP tools or Quadas tools to choose quality articles for the research- Explain
the use of these tools and how it benefits- The exclusion criteria: articles outside of 5
years- Exclude previous reviews-only primary data- Exclude animal studies- You can
use article that discuss or do case studies even if they have limiting as long as you
can critique it later-