Fibro Scan

Fibro Scan in Yeshwanthpur, Bangalore

Fibro Scan testing is a procedure that uses a non-invasive diagnostic device to measure fibrosis or liver scarring caused by several liver disorders. It has been recently FDA-approved and is a quick, easy, painless, and non-surgical alternative to the traditional liver biopsy to assess liver damage. The procedure is similar to a conventional liver ultrasound exam. 

Why is the procedure performed?

The physician may recommend a Fibro Scan if a patient has any one of the following chronic liver ailments. 

  • Cirrhosis

  • Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH)

  • Autoimmune Hepatitis

  • Alcoholic Liver Disease

  • Genetic Diseases (such as Wilson's Disease and Hemochromatosis)

  • Hepatitis B

  • Hepatitis C

A doctor typically recommends a Fibro Scan of the liver to assess the health of an individual's liver and detect liver fibrosis, which can indicate the presence of liver disease or the extent of liver damage. Fibro Scan makes the use of an advanced ultrasound technology called transient elastography to measure liver stiffness in a patient. Fibro Scan in Yeshwanthpur, Bangalore is available at Manipal Hospitals, visit today.

When is a Fibro Scan recommended?

Fibro Scan is a liver scan that can be used to help a physician diagnose or monitor the advancement of diseases affecting the patient's liver, such as,

  • Alcoholic liver disease: Also known as alcoholic hepatitis, this is the type of liver damage caused by consuming more alcohol than an individual's liver can process. It creates inflammation that can cause severe scarring (cirrhosis), leading to liver failure. 

  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: In the case that an individual suffers from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), excessive amounts of fat are stored in their liver cells, which puts them at risk for developing liver damage. 

  • Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH): This is a more aggressive form of NAFLD than fatty liver and causes liver damage, including cirrhosis, and can lead to liver failure.

  • Hemochromatosis: Hemochromatosis occurs when large amounts of iron are stored in an individual's organs, including the liver. It can poison the body and cause severe liver damage and other life-threatening complications.

  • Viral infection: When an individual's liver is infected with the Hepatitis B virus (HBV) or the Hepatitis C virus (HCV), it causes liver inflammation. It puts them at a high risk of developing liver cancer or cirrhosis or of suffering from liver failure. Book an appointment at our multi-specialty hospital today.

The Fibro Scan test can also monitor liver health for patients following liver transplantation.

What is a Fibro Scan test result?

In general, a Fibro Scan test provides patients with,

  • Cap Score: The amount of a patient's liver with fatty change is measured by their CAP score in decibels per metre (dB/m) and corresponds to their steatosis grade (S1, S2, or S3). The lower the percentage of the liver with fatty change, the healthier the liver is and the lower the patient's CAP score and steatosis grade from their Fibro Scan.

  • Fibrosis Score: Based on the level of scarring in a patient's liver, as measured in kilopascals (kPa), they will receive a fibrosis score. The less scarring on their liver, the lower the score will be, and the healthier their liver is. A standard fibrosis score is between 2 and 6 kPa. A result between F0 to F1 indicates zero liver scarring or mild liver scarring. F4 is the highest score possible, which means cirrhosis or advanced liver scarring.

Depending on each patient's unique health situation, their Fibro Scan result may not be all that is needed to give a complete picture of their liver health. In those cases, the provider may use other tests, such as imaging scans, blood tests, or biopsies, in addition to the Fibro Scan. 

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