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What is a Fibroscan?

A Fibroscan is a non-invasive diagnostic device used to measure scarring on the liver, or fibrosis, caused by a few different liver diseases. The test is relatively quick, taking about 5-10 minutes to complete the test. The test is also completely painless, and is an alternative to the traditional liver biopsy.  During the test you will lay on your back,  the certified technician will apply a water-based gel to your skin and then place the probe over your liver. You may feel slight vibrations during the exam as the tip of the probe sends out ultrasound waves to the liver. 


Your doctor may recommend a Fibroscan Test if you have one of the following liver conditions:

  • Hepatitis B or C

  • Alcoholic Liver Disease

  • Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis

  • Genetic Diseases such as Hemochromatosis and Wilson's Disease

  • Cirrhosis

  • Autoimmune Hepatitis

  • Elevated Liver Function

  • Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (Fatty Liver)


Preparation for a Fibroscan

The only preparation required for a Fibroscan test is the patient should not eat or drink anything for 3 hours before the procedure. Your doctor may give you other specific instructions and it is important for follow those carefully. The population of patients that are unable to obtain the Fibroscan include those who are pregnant and those with a pacemaker/defibrillator.

What to expect after the procedure.

Your doctor will go over the results with you and answer any questions you may have during your follow up appointment. Your doctor may then decide on a treatment plan or request that more tests be conducted. This is a non-invasive test, so there is no need for an anesthetic and there are no side-effects. 

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Symptom and Diseases
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Bloating & Gas Disorders
Peptic Ulcer Disorders
Abdominal Pain
Evaluation of Celiac Disease
Swallowing Disorders
Crohn's Disease
Ulcerative Colitis
Hepatitis A, B, & C
Liver Disorders
Pancreatic Diseases
Gastro-Intestinal Cancer
Helicobacter Pylori
Obscure GI Bleeding
Rectal Bleeding
Heart Burn

Viplove Senadhi, D.O.

Board Certified in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Internal Medicine

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