Painless, fast and easy
What is it?
FibroScan examination, also known as Transient Elastography, is a method used to calculate hardness/fibrosis of the liver, without the need for interventional examination as well as for the quantitative measurement of the fatty liver infiltration, or in other words, liver steatosis.
Several pathogenic agents (such as Hepatitis B, C and D viruses) the consumption of alcohol, fat infiltration (poor nutrition, diabetes, poor exercise habits etc.), certain drugs which are toxic to the liver and rare metabolic syndromes (haemochromatosis, Wilson’s etc.) may be the cause of chronic liver inflammation (hepatitis) which progressively and gradually causes liver fibrosis ( scar) phenomena.
Chronic hepatitis and the subsequent fibrosis, if not examined regularly, can lead to cirrhosis and liver failure while in some cases can also lead to the development of liver cancer.
The results of Fibroscan are immediate, imaging the liver’s “health” and allowing your physician to diagnose and monitor the development of a potential fibrosis and steatosis and to determine thus the treatment plan.
The hardness of the liver determines its pathological condition.
What are the advantages of Fibroscan for me?
- Fibroscan provides immediate results, it is easy and fast (5-10 minutes).
- The examination is painless and non-invasive.
- In case of a brief follow up examination, the examination can be repeated with safety.
- It helps the attending physician to monitor your liver’s condition.
How is the examination with FibroScan performed?
You lie in a supine position, with your right hand upright behind your head. The doctor places a quantity of water-based gel on your skin and places the transducer with a slight pressure.
The examination consists of 10 consecutive measurements performed at the same point.
The results are given at the end of the examination and are a number within the range of 1.5 – 75 kPa.
Your doctor will explain the results to you.