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FIBROSCAN

Digestive & Liver Disease Consultants, PA is proud to announce the incorporation of FibroScan technology to our practice.

FibroScan uses elastography, which is a technique similar to ultrasound, that measures the stiffness of your liver. It is a non-invasive, painless alternative to liver biopsy and is used by our team at Digestive & Liver Disease Consultants, PA for assessing liver damage from conditions such as Hepatitis C, Fatty Liver and Cirrhosis.

The FibroScan procedure can be performed quickly and easily by one of our hepatologists or specialist nurses who will be able to use the results to assess your condition, together with the results of your blood tests and any other diagnostic procedures you may have. The FibroScan technology provides an accurate assessment of liver fibrosis while easily monitoring the progression or regression of an individual's liver disease to give a precise, quantitative measure of the success of treatments.

During the procedure the FibroScan uses an ultrasound probe which emits a mechanical pulse at the surface of the skin, measuring the condition of the liver through sound waves. The data is analysed by a computer which displays a two-dimensional picture of the liver. The level of the fibrosis can be measured in relation to the stiffness of the liver – so the harder the liver is, the more serious the fibrosis is likely to be.

During the procedure you will be asked to lie on your back with your right arm raised behind your head. The procedure does not normally take more than fifteen minutes and you will be able to leave the office directly afterwards. There is no need for an anesthetic and there are no side-effects.

Digestive & Liver Disease Consultants, PA is pleased to be the only elite Gastroenterology group, North of the Texas Medical Center, to offer this technology to our patients.