What is a FibroScan ?

FibroscanFibroScan Testing is a recently FDA-approved
non-invasive diagnostic device used to measure liver scarring or fibrosis caused by a number of liver diseases. Similar to undergoing a conventional liver ultrasound exam, outpatient FibroScan testing is quick, painless, easy, and provides a non-surgical alternative to the traditional liver biopsy to assess liver damage.

Associates in Gastroenterology, PC is one of the first gastroenterology clinics in the Southern Colorado area to provide this innovative procedure.

Your physician may recommend a FibroScan test if you have one of the following chronic liver conditions:

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

How to prepare for the FibroScan Test:

  • No Food or Liquids (including water) for 3 hours prior to the procedure.


  •  If you consume alcohol socially please abstain from alcohol 2-3 weeks prior to FibroScan
  • If you consume alcohol daily please abstain from alcohol 8 weeks prior to FibroScan

What to expect once you arrive for the FibroScan Test:

  • Plan to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled procedure time
  • Please bring insurance/ID card, and list of your current medications
  • FibroScan requires no sedation of any kind. You may drive yourself to and from the test.
  • The procedure takes about 5 minutes. Your appointment will last about 30 minutes.
  • For the procedure, you will lie on your back with your right arm raised behind your head, and your right abdominal area exposed (wear loose fitting clothing)
  • A medical provider will apply a water-based gel to your skin, then will place a non-invasive probe over your liver
  • During the exam, you may feel a slight vibration on the skin at the tip of the probe as it delivers ultrasound waves to the area for measuring purposes.

What to Expect after the FibroScan Test:

  • The FibroScan computer will analyze the information from your test. The results will be given to your physician for review. You will be notified of the results once reviewed.

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