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Liver Health

Could it be NASH?


What is NASH?

Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) is the most severe form of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), a highly underdiagnosed cause of severe liver complications. NAFLD is estimated to affect nearly 80 million people in the US, but only 5% are aware they have liver disease.

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Regular MRI exams can't assess liver fibrosis

MR Elastography exam mapping liver fibrosis


NASH is a complex disease that requires doctors to know about three critical components of liver health: liver fat, liver fibrosis and liver inflammation. To get a good idea of each of these without liver biopsy, physicians can utilzie a combination of MRI biomarkers and blood tests.


Liver Fat

Measured by:


Liver Fibrosis

MR Elastography


MRI exam

Liver Inflammation


Blood work

Together, these markers of disease activity can be very accurate for ruling-in "at-risk NASH" and assessing its severity - and most critically, the fibrosis stage. Fibrosis is measured by the MR Elastography (MRE), which was invented at Mayo Clinic.  Severe liver fibrosis is the parameter of liver histology that is most associated to adverse liver outcomes (e.g., cirrhosis).  

MAST Calculator

NASH Scoring 

There are a number of new scoring systems to help diagnose "at-risk NASH" - namely those with NASH and ≥F2 fibrosis. You can use the calculator here to automatically calculate your patient's risk of NASH using two of these scoring systems: the MAST score and MEFIB score.


The MAST score uses MRE, MRI-PDFF and AST, and has been shown to have high accuracy in predicting adverse clinical outcomes in the next five years.  The MEFIB score uses MRE and FIB-4 score to rule-in patients with NASH and ≥F2 fibrosis with a positive predictive value of ≥90%. 


MRE is central to both scoring systems. Referred to as the Gold Standard for non-invasive fibrosis assessment, MRE is the only MRI exam that can accurately stage liver fibrosis - which numerous clinical guidelines recognize as essential for a personalized health care plan.








MR Elastography (kPa)




(must use FIB-4)

How to interpret MAST/MEFIB

low-risk of NASH with advanced fibrosis

indeterminate (if applicable)

high-risk of NASH with advanced fibrosis

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How to Use This Calculator
Depending on score, the MAST score can be used to reliably predict (with high 80-low 90% accuracy) which patients are most likely to experience a liver-related event in the next five years. 


The MEFIB score can reliably predict (90%+ accuracy) which patients currently are most likely to at-NASH with ≥F2 fibrosis, and who may be candidates for pharmacological treatment.

If Your Patient is at-Risk for NASH

If you suspect your patient has NASH with fibrosis, there are treatment options.

Most cases of NASH can be treated with life style changes (including diet and exercise regimens) and/or prescription medicines.  

resoundant-white.png is supported by Resoundant. Other NASH scoring systems may be used by clinicians. Calculations should be re-checked and should not be used alone to guide patient care, nor should they substitute for clinical judgment.

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