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FibroScan liver health assessment

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We offer a first-class FibroScan service that can identify early signs of liver damage that may otherwise go unnoticed.

 

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What is it for?

To help treat liver damage

Overview

A FibroScan® liver health assessment is a simple, painless and non-invasive test that’s also sometimes known as transient elastography.

This type of test is performed on a FibroScan machine, which is similar to an ultrasound machine.

The FibroScan machine uses ultrasound waves to measure fibrosis (scarring) and steatosis (fatty change) in your liver.

The results of a FibroScan assessment can help to identify early signs of liver damage that may otherwise go unnoticed.

At The London Clinic, your scan will be performed by an experienced specialist clinician.

They’ll immediately provide you with the results of your test and let you know if there are any signs of liver damage.

Ideally, a FibroScan is carried out in combination with a blood test called a liver function panel.

When all the results are available, we then arrange for you to meet a hepatologist to discuss what they reveal and any lifestyle changes you may need to make.

However, we can offer you a FibroScan package with consultation and no blood tests. You can discuss your requirements when you book your appointment.

Contact us today to find out more about our FibroScan service and start your five-star journey with The London Clinic.

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Why choose The London Clinic

Excellence in one place

We operate as teams of experts with world-class resources dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of medical care. You are surrounded by the latest treatments and advice with everything you need to get back to your best health.

Personal care, every time

Exceptional patient care is a way of life for us. Our nurses, clinicians and support teams are dedicated to the care of a very small number of patients, so have more time for you. They’ll be with you every step of the way, tailoring your care around you and giving the peace-of-mind that comes with knowing you’re in the best hands.

Effortlessly simple

We work together as one to guide you through each step of your experience, with complexities unravelled and answers readily to hand. Your personal treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.

What's included in your package?

Choosing The London Clinic means your treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.

 

Your treatment package will include:

  • Enhanced pre-admission assessment
  • Your treatment with our complete care team at your fingertips
  • Personalised aftercare and follow-up

We want you to be in control of your health. That’s why we also offer optional services such as comprehensive recovery packages and extra touches for you to choose from during your stay with us.

How to pay

  • You can use private medical insurance (PMI) to access this treatment. We work with all major PMI providers in the UK and many internationally
  • You can pay for yourself (self-pay)
  • If you’re paying for yourself, we have finance options available with Chrysalis
     

FAQs

Liver fibrosis is caused by injury or inflammation in your liver.

The liver’s cells encourage wound healing. During this wound healing, excess proteins such as collagen and glycoproteins build up in the liver.

Eventually, after many instances of repair, the liver cells (known as hepatocytes) can no longer repair themselves.

The excess proteins form fibrosis, which is a thickening or scarring of the tissue. Over time, this fibrosis affects how well your liver can function.

All types of liver disease can cause fibrosis. These include:

  • Fatty liver disease
  • Liver damage due to alcohol abuse, such as cirrhosis
  • Chronic viral hepatitis, such as hepatitis B or hepatitis C
  • Metabolic syndrome

While you’re lying on your back a probe is placed on your belly over the area where your liver is. The probe creates a vibration wave (also known as an elastic wave) that passes through your liver. You may feel a gentle flick on your belly every time this happens.

The waves move at different speeds through normal liver tissue and areas of fibrosis.

The information gathered by a FibroScan is displayed as numbers rather than an image.

These values are studied by your consultant to determine how stiff your liver is, and whether there are any regions of fibrosis scarring in it.

The benefits of a FibroScan liver health assessment are:

  • It’s a painless procedure that requires no anaesthetic
  • It can usually be completed in less than 10 minutes
  • You can go home straight away after it’s completed
  • It instantly gives an accurate diagnosis of your liver health
  • It reduces the need for a liver biopsy, which involves a needle being inserted in your liver to collect a tissue sample
  • It can easily monitor changes in liver disease
  • It’s a cost-effective procedure compared to other liver tests

Many of our patients are referred to The London Clinic for a FibroScan by their doctor. But we also accept self-referrals if you want to have this test.

If you’re self-referring, you’ll need to pay for the scan at your appointment.

If you’re referred by your doctor, the cost of the test may be covered by your medical insurance.

Please check with your insurance provider and get an authorisation code before you come to the hospital.

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