For The Patient

Echosens North America has a dedicated website for you to learn more about liver diseases and your FibroScan® examination.

 

Patient Website

What is FibroScan®?

A FibroScan® examination is a non-invasive way to measure the stiffness of your liver. FibroScan® works by emitting a small pulse of energy, called a shear wave, which will feel like a slight tap on your skin. FibroScan® calculates the speed of this energy to give your healthcare provider an immediate measure of the stiffness of your liver. This stiffness measure is an important part of understanding your overall liver health.

 

Is it painful? No.

The FibroScan® examination is painless, quick and easy. During measurement, you will feel a slight vibration on the skin at the tip of the probe.

 

What will the FibroScan® examination be like?

You will lay on your back, with your right leg crossed over your left leg and with your right arm raised behind your head. This is to allow easy exposure to the intercostal spaces (spaces between your ribs) for the probe to effectively scan your liver. Your healthcare provider will apply a water-based gel to the skin and then place the probe on the right side of your ribcage. Your healthcare provider will quickly produce 10 measurements during the course of the FibroScan® examination. These measurements will be used to establish an overall stiffness score.

 

FibroScan® probes are adapted to most body-types and to all ages, from pediatric to adults.

 

 

How should I prepare for my FibroScan® examination?

  • It is important to have your FibroScan® examination on an empty stomach, so don't eat anything for at least 3 hours prior to your examination1,2 .
  • Wear comfortable clothes that will allow your healthcare provider to expose the right side of your rib cage.

 

 

Exam Contraindications

It is important to tell your healthcare provider if you are pregnant, or if you have any active implantable electronic devices, such as pacemakers, defibrillators, or pumps. FibroScan® should not be used if you are pregnant or have any implantable electronic devices.

 

 

References

  1. Mederacke I, Wursthorn K, Kirschner J, Rifai K, Manns MP, Wedemeyer H, Bahr MJ. Food intake increases liver stiffness in patients with chronic or resolved hepatitis C virus infection. Liver International 2009;29:1500-1506.
  2. Arena U, Lupsor Platon M, Stasi C, Moscarella S, Assarat A, Bedogni G, Piazzolla V, et al. Liver stiffness is influenced by a standardized meal in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus at different stages of fibrotic evolution. Hepatology 2013;58:65-72.