FibroScan liver elastography is an ultrasound imaging test that checks the liver for signs of scarring or fibrosis. Fibrosis impairs your liver’s ability to function by reducing blood flow to the organ. It is linked to serious conditions like cirrhosis, liver cancer, and liver failure.
Fibroscans can also measure how many fat deposits are in the liver cells to diagnose fatty liver disease. These fat deposits can build up and result in cell death and fibrosis.
Your doctor will give you specific instructions to prepare for a FibroScan. Make sure you follow them. You will be asked to fast for a few hours before the liver elastography and only consume clear fluids. Wear comfortable clothing that is easily moved or repositioned so your upper abdomen can be examined.
Liver elastography is a non-invasive imaging test that does not require sedation. During the test, you will lie on your back with your right arm above your head so that your liver can be scanned. A gel will be applied to the area of your right rib cage. The FibroScan device is placed on your abdomen. You might feel a vibration as the device works but the procedure is not uncomfortable or painful. The exam takes about 5-10 minutes.
FibroScan does not carry any risk for complications.
There is no recovery period and you can return to your daily activities as soon as the test is finished.
No. You can drive yourself to and from your appointment.