What is FibroScan?
FibroScan (transient elastography) is a non-invasive test that measures liver stiffness and is used to assess the stage of liver disease in patients with diseases like hepatitis C. FibroScan is painless, quick and easy, and usually makes liver biopsy unnecessary. The technician presses a wand against the skin on the right side of the chest wall. You will feel a slight vibration on the skin when the wand is activated.
How long does the test take?
The entire FibroScan session takes about 15-20 minutes.
How to prepare for a FibroScan
In order to get an accurate result, you must fast 3 hours prior to exam. Women who are pregnant and people with implanted electronic devices such as a pacemaker are not eligible for FibroScan.
What to do with the result?
The result is interpreted by an SCC specialty provider and is used to determine the stage of liver disease. The results obtained with FibroScan, along with blood tests and abdominal ultrasounds, will help your provider determine the best treatment options for treatment of your hepatitis C.
Talk to your SCC health care provider to learn more about the FibroScan examination.