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All you need to know about FibroScan® examination

What is FibroScan®?

 

Examination with FibroScan®, also called transient elastography, is a technique used to assess liver stiffness (measured in kilopascal -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.

 

Is it painfdul? No.

 

The FibroScan examination is painless, quick and easy. During measurement, the patient may feel a slight vibration on the skin at the tip of the probe.

 

 

What does the FibroScan examination consist of?

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The patient lies his/her back, with right arm raised behind the 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 witch can vary from 1.5 to 75 kilopascal (kPa).

The doctor will interpret the result.

 

 

What does the result mean?

 

The physician interprets the results (median) according to patient’s history and underlying disease.

 

 

Who can prescribe a FibroScan examination?

 

The physician or hepatologist will indicate the most appropriate time for the patient to have the examination.

 

 

What difference does FibroScan mean for patients?

 

FibroScan® is a fast and easy exam (5-10 minutes).

Painless and non-invasive, FibroScan® provides immediate results.

In case of close follow-up, the examination can be safely repeated.

Result obtained with FibroScan® will allow the physician to monitor patient’s liver health over time with or without treatment.

 

 

Important patient information

 

In order to obtain accurate results from FibroScan assessment patients should not eat anything for 3 hours before the scheduled time of assessment. During this time, they should take clear fluids only.

 

References : 

 

  1. Melin, P., et al. Dépistage non invasif de la fibrose : Intérêt du FibroScan® en consultation d’alcoologie [Non invasive screening of fibrosis: interest of FibroScan® in alcohol addiction consultation]. Alcoologie et Addictologie, 2005; 27:191-196.
  2.  Mueller, S. and L. Sandrin, Liver stiffness: a novel parameter for the diagnosis of liver disease. Hepatic

 

15.01.2018