What is a FibroScan® and Why is it Performed?

liverFibroScan® is a new, non-invasive investigation of the liver, used to access the stiffness of the organ, which is an indirect surrogate marker for scarring or fibrosis.  The result is immediate, it shows the condition of the liver and allows physicians to diagnose and monitor disease evolution in conjunction with treatment and collateral factors. Exam results help to anticipate various complications and assess the damage caused by conditions such as cirrhosis.

A FibroScan helps determine liver damage, resulting from:

  • 1metabolic syndrome
  • 2non-alcoholic fatty live disease
  • 3chronic viral hepatitis
  • 4excess alcohol intake

What happens during a scan?

For the procedure you will lay on your back while the probe is passed over your abdomen. It will generate a mechanical pulse on the surface of your skin; that pulse is tracked as it passes through the liver. It is painless, quick and easy. The speed of spreading of the waves is directly correlated to the stiffness of the liver tissue.

What Happens After a FibroScan®?

You will be discharged right after your scan and should not be in any pain or discomfort.