What is a Fibroscan?
There are a number of liver diseases such as haemochromatosis, hepatitis and alcohol related liver disease. Many of them affect the liver in the same way causing inflammation and scaring. A fibroscan involves the use of ultrasound to measure any inflammation in your liver. Quick, simple and painless, a fibroscan will provide results within the same day and is less invasive and time consuming than a liver biopsy.
Why would I have a Fibroscan?
A fibroscan will be required to check on the condition of your liver if you are suffering from:
- Viral Hepatitis B and C
- Alcohol related liver disease
- Fatty liver disease
- Hepatitis C and HIV co-infection
- Autoimmune liver disease
What happens during a Fibroscan?
You shouldn't eat any food or drink any liquid at least two hours before your fibroscan. During treatment a probe will be placed on your abdomen and the sound waves will be sent through the abdominal wall where it will produce readings and scores used for diagnosis. A fibroscan should be completed within 10 to 20 minutes and will be reviewed immediately or at the next consultation.