Liver Fibroscan Facilities
FibroScan is a noninvasive diagnostic ultrasound-based device used to measure liver scarring, or fibrosis, caused by different liver diseases. Similar to a conventional ultrasound exam, outpatient FibroScan testing is quick, painless and easy, and provides a non-surgical alternative to the traditional liver biopsy to assess liver damage.
Patients are asked to wear loose clothing and should be able to lie flat on an exam table for 10 minutes or more while the test is being performed. Patients are asked not to consume any liquids or solids for a minimum of 3 hours before the test to increase the likelihood of obtaining reliable test results. The scan typically takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete, but patients should plan on being here for 30 minutes to allow time for preparation.
The liver is located in the right upper abdomen under the rib cage. Patients are asked to lie flat on an examination table. A technician places the FibroScan probe between the ribs on the right side of the lower chest wall. A series of painless pulses are then applied to the liver. The results are recorded on the equipment and an overall liver stiffness score is generated. This score is then interpreted by a qualified physician to predict the likelihood of advanced fibrosis or cirrhosis.
What to Expect Once You Arrive for the FibroScan Test
- The procedure usually takes about 5 minutes. Your entire appointment will last about 30 minutes.
- For the procedure, you will lie on your back with your right arm raised behind your head and your right abdominal area exposed.
- A nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant will apply a water-based gel to your skin and then place a non-invasive probe over your liver.
- A pain-free diagnostic test, FibroScan® requires no sedation of any kind.
After the procedure
It is not necessary to bring a driver for your liver elastography appointment. After the procedure, you will be immediately discharged from the procedure area and be able to leave without any restrictions. The doctor who completed and interpreted the procedure will send the test results to the doctor who ordered your procedure. FibroScan results will be available in about one to two weeks.