August 29, 2021
Fibroscan uses ultrasound technology to determine the status of the liver, qualitative assessment of hepatic fat content, and degree of fibrosis or scarring. It is noninvasive, fast, and reliable. The diseases affecting the liver generally cause inflammation of the liver-damaging liver tissue. The liver tries to repair itself leading to progressive fibrosis (scarring) and cirrhosis. Knowing the degree of fibrosis is important not only for diagnosis but also for staging, prognosis, and management. In cases of steatosis or mild fibrosis changes in diet and lifestyle can reverse the damage. Many patients remain asymptomatic and are unaware of the liver problem until the disease is advanced and difficult to manage. Fibroscan helps to recognize the problem early in the course of the disease.
Indications of Fibroscan
- Chronic viral hepatitis due to HBV, HBC.
- Alcoholic liver disease.
- Non-alcoholic fatty liver diseases.
- Metabolic syndrome.
- Before and after liver transplant.
- Autoimmune hepatitis.
- Primary biliary cirrhosis.
As fibroscan uses high-frequency sound waves to visualize the internal body tissues so patients are advised to avoid meals for a minimum of 2 hours before the scan for better visibility and reliable results. Sips of water or any usual medicine can be taken.