Your healthcare practitioner can use liver elastography, a non-invasive test, to assess the condition of your liver. Nothing is inserted within your body; therefore, it is non-invasive.


A kind of liver elastography is FibroScan. With the use of specialised ultrasound equipment called Fibroscan, you may assess the stiffness and fatty abnormalities in your liver. Your healthcare practitioner can better understand your liver illness thanks to these measurements.


Your physician may recommend a FibroScan test if you have one of the following chronic liver conditions:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Alcoholic liver disease
  • Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)
  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Genetic diseases such as hemochromatosis and Wilson's disease
  • Cirrhosis

How to Prepare for the FibroScan Test

No food or liquids (including water) for 3 hours prior to the procedure.

What to Expect Once You Arrive for the FibroScan Test

  • Plan to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled procedure time.
  • A pain-free diagnostic test, FibroScan requires no sedation of any kind.
  • The procedure usually takes about 5 minutes. Your entire appointment will last about 30 minutes.
  • For the procedure, you will lie on your back with your right arm raised behind your head and your right abdominal area exposed.
  • A nurse practitioner or physician's assistant will apply a water-based gel to your skin and then place a non-invasive probe over your liver.
  • During the exam, you may feel a slight vibration on the skin at the tip of the probe as it delivers ultrasound waves to the area for measuring purposes.

What to Expect After the FibroScan Test

FibroScan results are provided instantly after the test. The healthcare professional performing your exam will provide you with a copy of your results at the end of your visit.

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