A FibroScan is a relatively new test that can reveal any fibrosis or fatty deposits within the liver. It is a non-invasive, quick and simple test that works using ultrasound and gives an immediate result.

What is Fibrosis?

Fibrosis is stiffening and scarring of the liver caused by different liver diseases and conditions such as:

  • Fatty liver disease
  • Liver damage due to alcohol abuse
  • Chronic viral hepatitis

Your liver carries out several essential functions in your body including detoxifying harmful substances, cleaning your blood and producing vital nutrients.

Detecting fibrosis early provides an opportunity to change your lifestyle to prevent the fibrosis becoming more widespread and leading to an even more severe chronic liver disease.

Fibroscan at the London Clinic

The London Clinic is one of just a handful of hospitals in the UK that is able to offer our patients the upgraded FibroScan machine which not only measures liver stiffness but can also detect liver steatosis, known as fatty liver.

The FibroScan is completely painless and so you will not require an anaesthetic or any sedation. 

An experienced specialist liver nurse will pass an ultrasound wave into your abdomen around the area of your liver while you lie on your back.  A mechanical pulse at the surface of the skin passes through the liver creating an ‘elastic wave’. The entire procedure takes about 15 minutes.

Getting the results of your Fibroscan

All patients get their FibroScan results immediately. These results, displayed as readings rather than an image, will show whether there are any regions of scarring and also how stiff your liver is.  Our experienced Specialist Liver Nurse will help you to understand your individual results. 

Ideally a FibroScan is carried out in combination with a panel of liver blood tests and when all the results are available we can arrange a consultation with a hepatologist to discuss your results and any changes in lifestyle that may be necessary.

How much does a Fibroscan cost?

A FibroScan alone costs £341. We also offer a package that includes the scan, a set of blood tests including liver function and a consultation with a Consultant Hepatologist, for £431. Additional investigations including other blood tests would incur an extra fee.

If you are referred by a doctor you may be covered by your medical insurance policy. Do check with your provider and obtain an authorisation code prior to attending The London Clinic.

How do I get a Fibroscan?

You can be referred by your GP, or can you can contact us directly for an appointment.

To make a confidential enquiry or appointment: