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What you need to know about FibroScan®

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

  • Obesity

  • High blood pressure

  • High cholesterol

  • Hypothyroidism 

  • History of fatty liver disease

How do I prep for a FibroScan®

  • 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.

What happens during the scan?

  • 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. 

What happens after the exam?

When the FibroScan® is complete, you can return to normal activity. You will be provided a copy of your results after the visit.