LiverScan- The Liver Function Test Alternative
Liver disease, like diabetes, is a silent killer. But unlike diabetes, most people don’t know about liver disease. There are many diseases that can cause gradual fibrosis of the liver and develop into cirrhosis. Chronic liver diseases affect the liver tissue in various ways: fibrosis and steatosis.
The diagnosis and monitoring of chronic hepatic pathologies depend on clinical examinations, biological explorations, histology based on biopsy puncture, and non-invasive imaging examinations such as ultrasound and pulse elastography.
A liver scan examination might be needed if you have any of the following conditions:
– Hepatitis C
– Fatty Liver
– Cystic Fibrosis
– Cirrhosis on imaging
– Type I or II DM
– Methotrexate use
– Patient request & many more
If the liver scan score shows that your liver is becoming scarred – for example that you have severe fibrosis (F3) or cirrhosis (F4) – your doctor have a better chance of persuading your insurance company to cover the new drugs now for your treatment without having to get a biopsy.
On the other hand, a very low liver scan score can provide you and your loved ones reassurance that your liver can afford to wait for better/less expensive treatment options in the future. Recovery from liver fibrosis may lower your long term risk of cancer. LiverScancan show you how your recovery is advancing.
What is LiverScan?
An intelligent solution to aid clinical diagnosis, LiverScan uses state of the art fibrosis and steatosis quantification.
The FIBROSCAN® 502 TOUCH test of the liver has offered a great opportunity to both replace biopsy but also to track responses to treatment in a way that biopsy could not be used. Using the FIBROSCAN® 502 TOUCH machine, we can now provide this test to all patients who have or had chronic conditions of the liver including those patients who previously underwent treatment.
A FIBROSCAN® 502 TOUCH liver function test can help you and your doctor avoid the added risk and possible complications of a liver biopsy.
If you would like to find out more about FIBROSCAN® 502 TOUCH and its benefits, please contact our office. Conditions for a Liver Function Test
Examination with FIBROSCAN® 502 TOUCH , also called transient elastography, is a technique used to assess liver stiffness without invasive investigation. Referrals are welcomed but not essential.