Test / Diagnostic Procedure: Private FibroScan® London

FibroScan® is the gold standard non-invasive solution for comprehensive liver health management. Our pricing starts from £425.

To book offline, call our Digestive Health centre directly on: 02036532009

Enquiries: bookings.digestivehealth@onewelbeck.com

What is a FibroScan®?

FibroScan® is the most effective way of managing liver health through non-invasive techniques. 

FibroScan® is a type of ultrasound that measures inflammation in your liver, using an entirely non-invasive technique to ensure you feel no pain throughout.

A small ultrasound device produces high-frequency sound waves, sending a pulse of energy to your liver. The scanner will then measure the time it takes for the sound wave to bounce back, giving us accurate information about potential inflammation in your liver.

Why would I need a FibroScan®?

Your liver is in the upper-right part of your abdomen and is the largest solid organ in the body. The liver works hard to:

  • Clean your blood

  • Produce a crucial digestive liquid called bile

  • Store energy as a sugar called glycogen

Chronic liver disease is silent and underdiagnosed. Early diagnosis and intervention can often reverse damage to the liver caused by chronic liver diseases.

There are three primary chronic liver diseases:

Your liver health is essential and our team is committed to ensuring this quick examination detects or rules out liver disease and damage. With FibroScan®, you can effectively manage your liver health and catch signs of liver damage or disease before they become severe.

What does FibroScan® detect?

FibroScan® can detect inflammation in your liver that may suggest you have liver damage or disease. 

By catching liver inflammation early, you can receive the necessary treatment and management advice to prevent chronic liver disease.

How do I prepare for a FibroScan®?

Preparing for a FibroScan® is simple. Before your FibroScan®, we recommend wearing comfortable clothing that allows us to access the right side of your rib cage easily. You will not need to remove any jewellery.

You must fast for three hours before your FibroScan®, but you can take small sips of water if needed. You must also continue taking your regular medications.

Our team will inform you of everything you should know before you arrive for your appointment so that you can be fully prepared.

How is a FibroScan® performed?

When you visit us for your FibroScan®, we’ll ask you to lie back on the examination bed and put your right arm above your head. Next, you’ll cross your right leg over your left to open your rib space.

One of our trained operators will carry out your FibroScan® so you can be sure you’ll receive precise results. They will apply a gel to the ultrasound probe and your abdomen so that the probe glides over your skin.

The ultrasound probe will take at least 10 different readings. It will then calculate an average from these readings to provide accurate results.

How long does a FibroScan® take?

It takes up to 10 minutes to complete the FibroScan®.  You can leave as soon as it’s done and return to your usual activities. 

Does a FibroScan® hurt?

FibroScan® is a painless procedure, but some people experience slight discomfort. You may also feel the vibration from the probe as it takes the readings and measurements. 

When will I receive my results?

We’ll give you your results immediately after your FibroScan® is over.

Our team will also discuss any further actions, such as testing or treatment, based on your overall health. We’ll give this advice in person or as a written follow-up report. It can take up to two days to complete the written report and provide it to you.

Assessing your liver health: FibroScan® alternatives

Doctors can perform a liver biopsy instead of a FibroScan®. The biopsy involves removing a small tissue sample from your liver with a needle. You must stay in the hospital for a few hours after a liver biopsy as there is a potential risk of internal bleeding.

However, when you choose a FibroScan®, you can go home immediately and, unlike a liver biopsy, no risks are associated with the procedure – it’s completely painless.

You can also have a liver function test. This blood test looks for specific markers that measure your liver’s health and function and how well your body responds to treatment. 

How much does a private FibroScan® cost?

At OneWelbeck, the cost of a private FibroScan® starts from £245. We accept both self-funding patients and those who are privately insured. 

Our dedicated bookings team can confirm the cost of your FibroScan® when you contact us.

Booking your FibroScan® at OneWelbeck

Prioritise your liver health with OneWelbeck and book your FibroScan® today. Our team will make booking your private FibroScan® easy.

When you choose OneWelbeck for your private FibroScan®, you’ll gain access to our team of specialists who provide patient-centric, comprehensive care.

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