A FibroScan® is a noninvasive ultrasound device that measures liver scarring, called fibrosis, and the amount of fat in the liver. Like a traditional ultrasound exam, a FibroScan® is quick and painless. It provides a non-surgical option to assessing liver damage.
You may be eligible for a free FibroScan® test if you have one of the following conditions:
Type 2 diabetes
High blood pressure
History of fatty liver disease
Avoid eating or drinking anything (water is fine) for at least three hours before the scan
Continue taking any prescribed medicine.
Avoid wearing any one-piece clothing items (jumpsuit, dress, etc.) the day of your appointment.
You cannot have a FibroScan® if you’re pregnant or have an implantable device (like a defibrillator or a pacemaker).
You will lay down on the exam table and place your right arm above your head.
The right side of your abdomen will be exposed. You do not have to remove jewelry near the site of the scan.
The technician will feel your abdomen to find the right place to perform the scan.
When the scan begins, sound waves pass through your skin, to the liver and back. It shouldn’t hurt, although you may feel gentle pressure.
The scan takes 10-15 minutes to perform.
When the FibroScan® is complete, you can return to normal activity. You will be provided a copy of your results after the visit.