FibroScan is a noninvasive ultrasound-based diagnostic device used to measure liver scarring, or fibrosis, caused by various liver diseases. FibroScan, like other ultrasound exams, is painless, simple, and quick. Furthermore, because it is non-invasive, it does not carry the same risks as an invasive biopsy.

FibroScan is used to detect any of the following chronic liver diseases-

  • Cirrhosis
  • Genetic Diseases (such as Hemochromatosis and Wilson’s Disease)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Alcoholic Liver Disease
  • Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH)

Fibroscan is a medical device that is used to detect liver-related health problems and to determine the amount of fat stored in the liver. The fat buildup in the liver causes scarring liver called fibrosis. To measure the severity of liver-related diseases one of the methods is to measure the fibrosis present in the liver. Stiffness in the liver tissue is caused by Fibrosis. FibroScan, also known as transient elastography, measures the speed of the ultrasonic waves which move through the liver. These sounds move differently through the liver tissue and fibrosis and thus help in the detection of liver problems.

FibroScan v/s Liver Biopsy

Points FibroScan Liver Biopsy
Preparation Simply, 3 hours fast prior Complex procedural prep
Procedure Duration 15-20 minutes 12-14 hours
Risk No risk Can cause infection, internal bleeding
Cost Economical compared Liver Biopsy Expensive
Recovery None, Leave after scan Requires 3-4 hours recovery


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