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More about Fibroscan®
Until recently the only proven method of measuring liver fibrosis was liver biopsy. Unfortunately the biopsy method is
invasive to patients and may be associated with risks and complications. Transient elastography (Fibroscan ®) is a new
non-invasive method allowing evaluation of liver fibrosis by measurement of liver stiffness. To see how it works please view the video on our main Fibroscan page on the third slide.
The Fibroscan® at LAIR
Being an early adopter of Fibroscan® in Canada, LAIR had purchased one of the two first machines delivered to Canada. Since then LAIR has continued with the technology by upgrading to the latest model (502 Touch) and has additional probes to enhance the accuracy of the results for a greater cross section of our populations. The 502 Touch also gives us the ability to quantify (a measurable result) steotosis (abnormal lipids or "fatty" liver).
What can I expect?
At LAIR Centre, all technicians have been trained and certified by Echosens™, the manufacturers of Fibroscan®. The procedure is painless and the technology of the probe used to take the reading is similar to an
ultrasound. The probe generates a mechanical pulse at the surface of the skin. During the exam, you will be lying down on
your back on a stretcher with your right arm raised and tucked behind your head.
Prep is simply no food or drink two hours before the exam and you may wish to wear a looser fitting shirt as the skin
covering your right rib cage area will need to be exposed in order to complete the exam.
The scan will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Please plan on being at the LAIR Centre for approximately 30 - 45 minutes in total.