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FibroScan® information for patients

Everything you need to know about your liver examination with FibroScan®.


Mr Powell is about to have a liver examination with FibroScan®. Watch the video to discover how to be prepared and how it happens.


What is FibroScan® ?

FibroScan® is the gold standard non-invasive solution for comprehensive management of liver health. It is called non-invasive as nothing enters your body. 

FibroScan® sends a pulse of energy to your liver, which will give your doctor important information about your liver’s health.

The examination process


Why do I need a liver examination with FibroScan®? 
Liver health is critically important regardless of your medical needs. As such, the medical staff wants to perform a quick examination to ensure that you do not have liver damage. 

How do I prepare?
Wear comfortable clothes that allow access to the right side of your rib cage. You should be fasting for at least 3 hours before your examination. During this time you can take clear fluids only.


What happens during the examination? 
The examination is carried out by a trained operator (doctor, nurse, technician):
> you will lie on your back with your right arm above your head, 
> you will cross your right leg over your left to help open your rib spaces, 
> gel will be applied and the probe will be placed between your rib spaces. 

Does it hurt? 
No. FibroScan® is painless. You may feel a slight vibration from the probe as the measurements are taken. 

How long does it take? 
A FibroScan® examination typically takes 5-10 minutes to perform. 


When will I have the results? 
The operator will give you the results immediately following the examination. 

In addition, the medical staff will discuss any clinical actions based on your overall health, either in person or in a written report. 

Why is liver health important?

Situated on the right side, in your upper right-hand part of the tummy, the liver is the largest solid organ in your body and one of the hardest working. 

Your liver has 3 main functions
It cleans your blood, it produces an important digestive liquid called bile and it stores energy in the form of a sugar called glycogen. 

There are 3 main causes of chronic liver disease
Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) and Non‑Alcoholic SteatoHepatitis (NASH), Viral hepatitis (HCV and HBV) and Alcohol.  

Chronic liver disease is silent and underdiagnosed. Damage to the liver caused by chronic liver diseases can often be reversed by early diagnosis and intervention. 

For more in depth information on the management of patients at risk of or living with NAFLD, download the dedicated NAFLD patient guideline from the EASL and Journal of Hepatology.

Patient testimonial


The experience of having my liver examined using FibroScan® was completely painless and I found it be extremely useful.

The results of the scan, and the better understanding I now have of the health of my liver, has helped motivate me towards making changes in my lifestyle needed in achieving a healthier liver.

Simon | Patient in the United Kingdom

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Recommendations for patients

Discover the new Patient Guide from EASL – European Association for the Study of the Liver – for all patients with or at risk of developing metabolic steatohepatitis (NAFLD).

The purpose of this guide is to support you and help you better understand and manage your disease.

>>Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: A Patient Guideline