With the rising prevalence of liver disease in the U.S., increasing efforts focus on earlier detection and increasing treatment options. Fibroscan is a non-invasive, quick, and painless procedure that is changing the face of liver disease. Here’s more about what a fibroscan is, how it’s done, and why you may benefit from one.
Using the Power of Ultrasound to Detect Liver Disease
Fibroscan harnesses the power of ultrasound technology to determine liver health. During the procedure, the patient lies on their side, and the technician places the wand on the right upper abdomen, just under the ribcage. Ultrasound waves are passed through the liver, assessing the speed at which the sound waves penetrate the liver.
The results identify the presence and amount of scarring (fibrosis) and calculates how much fat is in the liver. If the scan detects liver disease, your doctor can use the data to identify the type.
Who Can Benefit from a Fibroscan?
Most people with liver disease don’t know it because most types progress over many years without noticeable symptoms. By the time they are present, irreparable damage to the liver may have already occurred. If you know your risk, you can proactively monitor liver changes over time with fibroscans. You can also make healthier lifestyle changes that can delay the onset of liver disease or prevent it altogether.
Monitoring changes in the liver over time through regular fibroscans is also helpful for individuals with liver disease. You and your doctor can see how well your current treatment plans are working and make any changes if needed.
High blood pressure, high levels of triglycerides in your blood, type 2 diabetes, and being overweight are some of the risk factors associated with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). NAFLD is one of the top causes of liver disease in America and can develop into a more severe form called non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). NASH can progress to cirrhosis, liver cancer, and liver failure.
Are You Concerned About Your Liver Health? We Can Help!
At Impact Research Institute, we offer FREE fibroscans for adults at risk of liver disease. If your fibroscan results indicate the presence of liver disease, clinical trials may be an option. To learn more, call (254) 294-4780 or visit our website today!