FibroScan® in Tulsa, OK
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What is FibroScan?
FibroScan is a test utilized by the gastrointestinal specialists at Adult Gastroenterology Associates to evaluate the liver noninvasively. Also referred to as transient elastography, the scan uses specialized ultrasound technology to measure the state of fibrosis (stiffness) and steatosis (fat buildup) within the liver. Fibrosis occurs when the liver replaces healthy tissue with scar tissue in an attempt to heal itself from an underlying condition. Hepatic steatosis is also identified as fatty change and occurs when fat collects within the liver cells.
Your Tulsa, OK gastrointestinal specialist may use FibroScan to assess the condition and function of your liver, and possibly provide a diagnosis and medical plan through this noninvasive approach. If you have a liver condition, reach out to Adult Gastroenterology Associates to learn if you might benefit from FibroScan technology.
Who is a good candidate for FibroScan?
FibroScan analysis might be appropriate for patients who have early to progressive liver illness or conditions. These might involve:
- Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC)
- Certain types of hepatitis
- Cirrhosis of the liver (extreme scarring)
- Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)
- Dysmetabolic syndrome
- Alcoholic fatty liver disease
- Other types of chronic liver disease
How is FibroScan performed?
A FibroScan examination in Tulsa, OK is typically a simple process completed within 10 – 15 minutes. A sensor will be placed on your skin over your liver. This detector emits sound waves through your liver to quantify the rate at which sound travels through the organ. The FibroScan system then yields a series of outcomes that your Adult Gastroenterology Associates provider will use to analyze the amount of stiffness present in your liver.
How do you read and interpret FibroScan results?
FibroScan findings are provided based on fatty liver disease grade and fibrosis score. The subsequent charts incorporate generalized reports regarding what the outcome of the examination may show. You may discuss your findings in detail with your Adult Gastroenterology Associates GI specialist after your FibroScan test.
Steatosis grade: This result explains the level of fatty change in the liver and is delivered through a controlled attenuation parameter (CAP) score, which is calculated in decibels per meter (dB/m). The scope is from 100 to 400 decibels per meter, and various ranges provide a distinct steatosis grade.
CAP Score (dB/m)
Amount of Liver With Fatty Change
238 – 260
11% – 33%
260 – 290
34% – 66%
Fibrosis score: The fibrosis result is a valuation of the hardening of the liver and represents the degree of scarring that the liver has experienced. Your GI physician will utilize your FibroScan result and your health history to ascertain your fibrosis value. Different liver conditions and diseases can impact the fibrosis score.
- F0 to F1: Void of scarring/light scarring
- F2: Moderate scarring
- F3: Severe scarring
- F4: Advanced scarring (cirrhosis)
What are the benefits of FibroScan?
Because FibroScan works through ultrasound technology, there is little to no risk correlated with the procedure. FibroScan is a noninvasive imaging exam and thus is typically comfortable. It allows for a broader evaluation of the entire liver instead of a small area, which occurs with a liver biopsy. No sedation is required for FibroScan. It is also relatively inexpensive and accomplished quickly, and the outcomes are nearly instantaneous.
Expert treatment for liver conditions
As the second-largest organ in the body, your liver conducts functions essential for your health. Fibrosis and steatosis can impact your liver and body in various ways and could lead to life-threatening conditions without appropriate and timely care. For more information about FibroScan in Tulsa, OK, or to meet with a liver specialist in your area, please contact your local Adult Gastroenterology Associates facility today.
Is there any necessary prep for a FibroScan exam?
You should not drink or eat anything three hours before your FibroScan test. You can, however, continue to take any medications as normal. We recommend you come in wearing loose clothing so it is easy for our team to access the right side of your ribcage. Someone from our team will discuss the required prep details with you prior to the visit to ensure you know and understand what to expect with a FibroScan test.
What liver concerns can FibroScan assess?
Your FibroScan procedure can discover and observe the progress of a range of liver conditions, including:
- NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease)
- NASH (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis)
- Alcoholic liver disease
- Hepatitis B and C
What is the difference between FibroScan and a traditional ultrasound?
The FibroScan process is a variation of an ultrasound. It uses the same technology as a standard ultrasound, known as transient elastography. While the two are alike, FibroScan is designed to measure the stiffness of the liver and is more accurate in detecting certain liver conditions than a traditional ultrasound.
Is FibroScan better than a liver biopsy?
FibroScan is a nonsurgical alternative to a biopsy of the liver. However, there are times in which a liver biopsy is preferred. Such instances might include when a defibrillator or pacemaker is present, a person is pregnant, or there is fluid in the abdomen. Additionally, results may not be accurate in those considered obese. Our Adult Gastroenterology Associates team will work closely with you to determine if FibroScan or a standard liver biopsy is right for you.
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