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FibroScan®

Transient elastography for the measurement of liver fibrosis

Using high frequency sound waves, FibroScan® measures how elastic or stiff your liver is, to assess scarring and damage.

About FibroScan®

Liver fibrosis is the scarring that occurs from the liver’s response to injury which over time can lead to cirrhosis. FibroScan® allows for quick, non-invasive measurement of the degree of elasticity of liver tissue on an outpatient basis, without the need for a biopsy. Results are given in minutes.

Need to know

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    You will be asked to lie on an examination couch and put your right arm above your head. The nurse will find the right place on your abdomen to perform the scan, place a probe on it and trigger the probe to start.

    Sound waves will emit from the probe in pulses, and pass through your skin to your liver and bounce back. This will feel like a gentle flick against your skin and shouldn't hurt. The scanner measures the time it takes for the sound wave to bounce back.

    This is repeated at least 10 times to ensure accuracy. The mean (average) reading is then calculated by the scanner ‒ this shows your liver stiffness.

    The procedure takes 10‒20 minutes.
     
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    You'll be asked not to eat or drink anything for two hours before your FibroScan®. However, small sips of water or clear fluid are permissible but not large amounts of fluid. You should continue taking any prescribed medication.

    While you won't need to remove any clothing for the scan, we will need to expose the right side of your abdomen. Therefore we don't recommend that women wear a dress on the day of their scan. 

    Right before your scan, you'll also be able to ask the nurse any questions you may have. Provided you are happy to proceed, the FibroScan® procedure will commence.
     
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    As soon as the FibroScan® is finished you will be able to leave.

    The result will be sent to the consultant and they will discuss it with you at your next outpatient appointment with a view to advising you appropriately on a treatment plan.
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From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7811 4000
    Enquiries 020 3131 4978

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

  • 41 Welbeck Street facility

    London Digestive Centre

    41 Welbeck Street

    London

    W1 8DW

    Call 020 7908 8001
    Opening hours Monday - Friday: 8am - 8pm

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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