Fibroscan® is a quick and painless diagnostic test used to measure liver damage (fibrosis) and fatty liver (steatosis). It is a non-invasive test alternative to a liver biopsy.

Your doctor may recommend a Fibroscan to assess your overall liver health. It is an important tool in the diagnosis and management of liver diseases and other health conditions.

Fibroscan works by emitting a small pulse of energy, which may feel like a gentle tapping sensation on your skin. It calculates the speed of this energy to give the specialist an immediate measure of the stiffness of your liver. This stiffness measure is an important part of understanding your overall liver health.

How to prepare for a Fibroscan

  • No food or liquids (including water) 2 hours prior to your appointment.
  • Wear loose and comfortable clothing that will allow your Fibroscan specialist to expose the right side of your rib cage.
  • Inform your Fibroscan specialist if you are pregnant.

What to expect during your Fibroscan

  • The Fibroscan procedure takes approximately 15 minutes.
  • You will be lying flat on your back with your right arm above your head and your right-side abdominal area exposed.
  • A small amount of a water based gel will be applied to your skin and a non-invasive probe will be positioned over your liver.

Fibroscan is a quick and painless procedure – no needles or sedation is required.

What to expect after your Fibroscan

  • Fibroscan results are provided instantly after your test.  Your Fibroscan specialist will explain the findings to you and a copy of the report will be sent to you and your Doctor.

Ms Lucy Mills

Clinical Nurse Specialist