FibroScan: A Non-Invasive Test for Liver Scarring
FibroScan is a non-invasive diagnostic device that uses advanced ultrasound technology to measure liver scarring or fibrosis caused by various liver diseases. The procedure is quick, painless, easy, and provides a non-surgical alternative to traditional liver biopsy to assess liver damage. Associates in Gastroenterology, PC is one of the first gastroenterology clinics in the Southern Colorado area to provide this innovative procedure.
FibroScan testing is recommended for patients with chronic liver conditions, such as autoimmune hepatitis, cirrhosis, genetic diseases (like Hemochromatosis and Wilson’s disease), hepatitis B and C, alcoholic liver disease, and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).
How is a liver ultrasound performed?
The procedure is straightforward and requires no sedation. Patients can drive themselves to and from the test, which takes about five minutes to complete. During the test, a medical provider applies a water-based gel to the skin, then places a non-invasive probe over the liver, and ultrasound waves are sent to the area for measuring purposes. The computer analyzes the information from the test, and the results are given to the physician for review. The patient is notified of the results once reviewed.
The Benefits of FibroScan for Liver Health
FibroScan is a helpful technology and a quick, easy, non-invasive exam that allows patients and physicians to find out the state of liver health. It can be used to diagnose or monitor the progression of liver diseases, such as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, alcoholic liver disease, NASH, viral infections, and hemochromatosis. It can also be used to monitor liver health for patients following a liver transplantation.
The FibroScan measures liver stiffness, which indicates whether or not scarring is present and the extent of the scarring. Scarring in the initial stages is called fibrosis, and more severe scarring is cirrhosis. A normal FibroScan result is indicated by a Cap Score of 5% or lower, which means the liver is healthy.
In conclusion, FibroScan is a non-invasive and innovative technology that allows for quick and easy diagnosis and monitoring of liver diseases. It is a safer and less painful alternative to traditional liver biopsy and provides vital information about liver health. It is recommended for patients with chronic liver conditions and for monitoring liver health after transplantation.