Liver elastography is an ultrasound technique used to identify changes in the liver’s elasticity, which can give important clues about the health of the organ. The test is also referred to as FibroScan, which is the brand name of the equipment. The ultrasound is used on the surface of the skin above the liver, making it a safe and painless way to check for signs of liver disease.
Liver elastography (FibroScan): What you need to know
- FibroScan uses sound waves to determine the stiffness of the liver tissue, which may be a sign of fibrosis. Fibrosis reduces blood flow to the liver, which leads to a buildup of scar tissue, and if left untreated can lead to serious liver problems such as cirrhosis, liver cancer or liver failure. FibroScan is also used to diagnose fatty liver disease.
- The ultrasound test is painless and takes only about 30 minutes to complete.
- After a complete evaluation, our specialists may recommend a FibroScan if you are obese, diabetic or have hepatitis. You may also be a candidate if you have a history of alcohol abuse or liver disease in your family.
- If your physician suspects that you may have liver damage, this ultrasound can help make that determination, so that proper treatment can be used to reduce or reverse liver damage.
Liver elastography (FibroScan): Our expertise
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