FibroScan® Liver Scan Description
Why Your Provider May Recommend a FibroScan® Liver Test
If you have findings or have lab results that may indicate liver disease, your gastroenterologist may recommend a FibroScan test (also known as a transient elastography test) to show whether there is damage to the liver.
Conditions such as Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) or Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH), and hepatitis, among other health issues, can cause liver damage. Even some medications are prone to cause stress or damage to the liver. Measuring the degree of damage provides valuable information to a provider to guide appropriate steps to stop the progress of liver damage and, in some cases, improve the condition of the liver.
This quick, in-office scan takes only about 20 minutes to complete and gives your gastroenterologist images showing any scarred areas of your liver that may be a cause for concern.
How it Works
A FibroScan® is non-invasive, taking scans from outside the body much like an ultrasound. You will feel a slight thump on your skin as the technician takes 10-15 measurements of your liver from the right side of your abdomen around the ribcage.
The scan is evaluating for any scarring or fibrosis in the liver that may have developed over time, depending on your history and medical conditions.
Your provider will interpret the test results, provide a diagnosis, and determine how to stop further damage and improve your liver and overall health.
Why a FibroScan Test is Important
Your liver acts as a ﬁlter for your body, eliminating toxic chemicals, metabolizing medications, cholesterol, vitamins and minerals. It also is a factory for the production of necessary proteins and clotting factors. If you have developed signiﬁcant liver damage over time, such as cirrhosis, all of these processes can be aﬀected and lead to more serious issues.
While liver disease is a growing issue, early invention and treatment can have a positive impact on your liver health.