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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

  • autoimmune hepatitis

  • cirrhosis

  • 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. 

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