10 June 2016

FibroScan®

FibroScan®

FibroScan® is a noninvasive test measuring fibrosis (scarring) and steatosis (fatty change) in your liver

Why liver is so important?

A healthy liver is a vital component of good general health. The liver has a great functional reserve, but liver diseases can be asymptomatic for decades before signs and symptoms develop. The buildup of fat in the liver (also in people who are not overweight) is an early index of risk for systemic diseases, such as metabolic (e.g., diabetes) or cardiovascular (e.g., arterial hypertension, myocardial infarction, stroke) diseases.

How to monitor the health of your liver?

Monitoring the health of your liver is now possible with non-invasive and painless physical tests, such as medical ultrasound and liver elastography.

Liver elasticity is measured through the propagation speed and reflection of the elastic waves generated by a FibroScan®, which gives the non-invasive indirect measurement of fat buildup (lipid molecules) in the liver without the need for a liver biopsy. Liver elasticity is usually altered by the following three conditions: congestion following cardiovascular diseases, inflammation caused by edema and infiltration by immune cells, and fibrosis following a chronic liver disease that leads to cirrhosis.

What is FibroScan®?

The FibroScan® is a device, similar to an ultrasonograph, for measuring the elasticity of the liver through the ultrasounds generated by a probe on the surface of the liver, expressed in kPa, as well as the degree of steatosis, and the CAP index, i.e., the number of lipid molecules in the liver. The more the damage, the less elastic is the liver, and the higher the value.

FibroScan® is virtually operator-independent, and results are highly reproducible and can be repeated over time. The test does not require a specific preparation for the patient, only fasting.

This test is:

  • Non-invasive
  • Painless
  • Fast (15 minutes)
  • Reliable
  • Objective

At UPMC Institute for Health Chianciano Terme FibroScan® test is available. For further information, contact the Center: +39 0578 61198