What is Fibroscan®?

A fibroscan is an exam of your liver that is similar to ultrasound. Fibroscan uses vibration controlled transient elastrography technology to determine liver health non-invasively.

Why is Fibroscan® done?

When other tests indicate that your liver may not be working properly, your doctor may want to do a fibroscan to more accurately learn the condition of your liver. Unlike a liver biopsy, a fibroscan is usually quick, painless and performed in a clinic setting.

Fibroscan is a simple, non-invasive way to learn the condition of your liver. A Fibroscan helps:

  • determine how much fat is stored in the liver; and
  • determine the degree of fibrosis and/or cirrhosis.

How do you prepare for Fibroscan®?

To have a Fibroscan you will not be able to eat or drink anything for three hours before the test. You may not have a Fibroscan exam if you have any or all of the following:

  • an implanted electrical device, such as a pacemaker or defibrillator, or

*patients with insulin pumps may have a fibroscan as long as the electronic part is removed before the exam

  • if you are pregnant.

How is Fibroscan® performed?

Fibroscan is a simple exam that involves you lying on your back with your right arm raised behind your head. The technician will apply a water-based gel to your skin on the ride side of your body at the rib cage and then apply a probe with slight pressure. This is not painful. The exam includes ten consecutive measurements taken at the same location.

What happens after Fibroscan® is done?

After the exam you may eat and drink as usual and continue your daily activities. There is no down time or recovery period needed after a fibroscan. A study investigator or physician will interpret the fibroscan report and review the results with you.

What are the risks of Fibroscan?

There are no risks in having a fibroscan.

Reference: Echosense. (2016). Retrieved from