Fibroscan, a specialized form of ultrasound, a.k.a.ultrasound-based transient elastography, offers a safe, accessible and non-invasive procedural option for evaluating the ‘stiffness’ of the liver.
An accurate assessment of the liver’s transient elasticity allows practitioners to detect and evaluate various forms of liver disease such as fibrosis (scarring) and steatosis (fatty build up).
The sonographer employs an ultrasound probe to pulse the liver with low frequency sound waves (50mHz); stiffness or scarring is measured by the speed at which these waves are able to pass through the liver. In this way, practitioners are able to monitor and predict the stages of Fibrosis or scarring of the liver, along with the more advance cirrhosis, where scar tissue has resulted in distortions of structure and diminished function.
Our radiologists will interpret your information and aim to forward the results to your doctor by the end of the next working day.
This Ultrasound exam is covered under the Alberta Health Care Plan.