What is a Fibroscan?
Fibroscan is a non-invasive test to assess the liver. It is a specialized ultrasound that looks at the scarring (cirrhosis) and fat (steatosis) on your liver. This helps your doctor understand the level of liver damage that has occurred.
Do I need a Fibroscan?
Your doctor may order a Fibroscan if you have any of the following conditions
genetic diseases such as hemochromatosis or Wilson's disease
Hepatitis B or C
Alcoholic Liver Disease
Nonalcoholic Steatohepatosis (NASH)
What is the preparation for a Fibroscan?
We ask that you do not eat or drink anything for 3 hours before. This is a painless, sedation-free test that takes about 5-10 minutes. The right side of your abdomen will need to be exposed so wear loose fitting clothes.
What can I expect during a Fibroscan?
You will lay on your back with the right side of your abdomen exposed. A healthcare provider will place some water-based gel on your skin then the non-invasive probe over your liver. You may feel some vibrations from the probe as it measures your liver.