Examination with FibroScan®, also called transient elastography, is a technique used to assess liver stiffness (measured in kPa correlated to fibrosis) without invasive investigation. The result is immediate; it shows the condition of the liver and allows physicians to diagnose and monitor disease evolution in conjunction with treatment and collateral factors. Exam results help to anticipate various complications, as well as to monitor and assess the damage caused by conditions such as cirrhosis. The FibroScan® examination is painless, quick and easy. During measurement, you feel a slight vibration on the skin at the tip of the probe.
What does the FibroScan® examination consist of?
- You lie on your back, with your right arm raised behind your head. Physician applies a water-based gel to the skin and places the probe with a slight pressure
- The examination includes 10 consecutive measurements made at the same location
- The result is delivered at the end of the examination; it’s a number which can vary from 1.5 to 75 kPa. Your doctor will interpret the result
What does the result mean?
Your physician interprets the result according to your history and underlying disease.
Who can prescribe the FibroScan® examination?
Your physician or hepatologist will indicate the most appropriate time for you to have the examination.
What difference does FibroScan® make to me?
- Fibroscan® provides immediate results, it’s easy and fast (5-10 minutes)
- The exam is painless and non-invasive
- In case of close follow-up, the examination can be safely repeated ®