Fibroscan and steatoscan
What does it consist of?
Fibroscan is a diagnostic technique that uses sound waves (ultrasound) to diagnose decreased blood flow through the liver (hepatic fibrosis), as well as measure the level of fat accumulation in the liver (steatosis).
The test is performed lying face up with the right hand resting on the neck to leave the right flank free for examination. Subsequently, an intercostal space between the armpit and the sternum is located, contact gel is applied (such as the one used for ultrasound scans) and from this place, records are obtained. Each recording for the patient only supposes a very slight sensation of “small blow” in the place where the probe is applied. This sensation is produced as a consequence of the moment of impact of the mechanical wave on the skin surface.
CASES IN WHICH IT IS RECOMMENDED
Who is it for?
Fibroscan is recommended especially in the following cases:
- People with high cholesterol.
- Patients with chronic liver diseases (hepatitis B/C, cholestatic hepatitis, autoimmune, etc.)
- Patients with diagnosis or suspicion of fatty liver.
- Diabetic patients.
- Chronic alcohol users.