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Why do I need a liver examination with Fibroscan®?
Liver health is critically important regardless of your medical needs. As such, the medical staff wants to perform a quick examination to ensure that you do not have liver damage.
Situated on the right side, in your upper right-hand part of the tummy, the liver is the largest solid organ in your body and one of the hardest working.
Your liver has 3 main functions:
- it cleans your blood,
- it produces an important digestive liquid called bile,
- it stores energy in the form of a sugar called glycogen
There are 3 main chronic liver diseases:
- non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) or fatty liver disease
- viral hepatitis (HCV and HBV)
- alcoholic liver disease
Chronic liver disease is silent and underdiagnosed. Damage to the liver caused by chronic liver diseases can often be reversed by early diagnosis and intervention.
What is a Fibroscan®?
FibroScan® is the gold standard non-invasive solution for comprehensive management of liver health. It is called non-invasive as nothing enters your body. FibroScan® sends a pulse of energy to your liver, which will give your doctor important information about your liver’s health.
How do I prepare?
Wear comfortable clothes that allow access to the right side of your rib cage. You should be fasting for at least 3 hours before your examination.
What happens during the examination?
The examination is carried out by a trained operator (doctor, nurse, technician):
- You will be asked to lie on your back with your right arm above your head
- You will be asked to cross your right leg over your left to help open your rib spaces
- Gel will be applied and the probe will be placed between your rib spaces.
Will it hurt?
No. Fibroscan® is painless, at most you will feel slight discomfort. You may feel vibration from the probe as the measurements are taken.
How long does it take?
A FibroScan® examination typically takes 5-10 minutes to perform.
When will I receive my results?
The operator will give you the results immediately following the examination.
In addition, the medical staff will discuss any clinical actions based on your overall health, either in person or in a written report. This report may take 1 – 2 days.
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To ask a question about our procedures at OneWelbeck or to book an appointment, contact our team today.
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