What is it and why do I need it?

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. This information is then used by your gastroenterologist to individualize and optimize your treatment plan. For some patients, Fibroscan can replace liver biopsy. 

The risks

The are no risks to Fibroscan, with the exception of diagnostic error, which is very rare. 

The preparation

You should not eat or drink anything 2 hours before the test.

The test

Fibroscan takes about 15 minutes to complete, and it is not painful. Some gel will be placed on your skin, between your ribs on your right side. A small probe will then be gently moved across your skin to analyze whether there is any fibrosis in your liver.  

After the procedure

The gel will be cleaned from your skin and you can leave the procedure suite. You will be able to drive yourself home. 

Instructions for your review:

FibroScan Patient Flyer

Fibroscan Preparation Instructions