What is Fibroscan®?
A fibroscan is an exam of your liver that is similar to ultrasound. Fibroscan uses vibration controlled transient elastrography technology to determine liver health non-invasively.
Why is Fibroscan® done?
When other tests indicate that your liver may not be working properly, your doctor may want to do a fibroscan to more accurately learn the condition of your liver. Unlike a liver biopsy, a fibroscan is usually quick, painless and performed in a clinic setting.
Fibroscan is a simple, non-invasive way to learn the condition of your liver. A Fibroscan helps:
- determine how much fat is stored in the liver; and
- determine the degree of fibrosis and/or cirrhosis.
How do you prepare for Fibroscan®?
To have a Fibroscan you will not be able to eat or drink anything for three hours before the test. You may not have a Fibroscan exam if you have any or all of the following:
- an implanted electrical device, such as a pacemaker or defibrillator, or
- *patients with insulin pumps may have a fibroscan as long as the electronic part is removed before the exam
- if you are pregnant
How is Fibroscan® performed?
Fibroscan is a simple exam that involves you lying on your back with your right arm raised behind your head. The technician will apply a water-based gel to your skin on the ride side of your body at the rib cage and then apply a probe with slight pressure. This is not painful. The exam includes ten consecutive measurements taken at the same location.
What happens after Fibroscan®?
After the exam you may eat and drink as usual and continue your daily activities. There is no down time or recovery period needed after a fibroscan. A study investigator or physician will interpret the fibroscan report and review the results with you.
What are the risks of Fibroscan®?
There are no risks in having a fibroscan.