What is a FibroScan looking for?
Fibroscan is a non-invasive test that helps assess the health of your liver. Specifically, it uses ultrasound technology to determine the degree of fibrosis or scarring that may be present in your liver from various liver diseases or conditions.
Is FibroScan the same as ultrasound?
FibroScan® is superior to ultrasound for the detection of liver scarring and therefore may be used to determine if cirrhosis or advanced fibrosis is present at the initial assessment and whether it has developed during follow up because of disease progression.
Why would you have a FibroScan?
A Fibroscan measures liver fibrosis or “scarring”, which is essentially liver damage that is often the result of metabolic syndrome, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, chronic viral hepatitis or excess alcohol intake.
Is a FibroScan painful?
Because Fibroscan is a noninvasive test, it can be performed at the point of care, there is no pain, and sedation is not required.
Can MRI detect liver fibrosis?
MRI based MR Elastography (MRE) has been shown to be a promising technique for the detection of liver fibrosis (38-41). TE and MRE are the most commonly used elastography techniques for the assessment of liver fibrosis.
Can a FibroScan detect fatty liver?
Fibrosis can develop into advanced scarring (cirrhosis) or liver cancer. FibroScan is an easy, non-invasive test to detect fatty liver.