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The Ultimate Abdomen Ultrasound Scan FAQ

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1. What is liver disease?

Liver disease refers to various conditions that impair liver function, including hepatitis, fatty liver disease, cirrhosis, and liver cancer.

2. What is Shearwave Elastography (FibroScan)?

Shearwave Elastography, often known as FibroScan, is a non-invasive imaging test that measures liver stiffness to assess fibrosis and cirrhosis.

3. Why is Shearwave Elastography used in liver disease?

FibroScan is used to evaluate liver stiffness, which correlates with fibrosis or scarring of the liver, helping to diagnose and monitor conditions like hepatitis and cirrhosis.

4. How does Shearwave Elastography work?

FibroScan uses a probe that emits a shear wave into the liver. The speed of the wave through the liver tissue is measured; faster speeds indicate stiffer (more fibrotic) tissue.

5. What should I expect during a FibroScan procedure?

You will lie on your back with your right arm raised behind your head. A probe will be placed on your right ribcage area to measure liver stiffness. The procedure is quick and painless, usually lasting 10-15 minutes.

6. How do I prepare for a FibroScan?

Typically, you should not eat or drink for at least 2-3 hours before the procedure to ensure accurate results. Follow your doctor’s specific instructions.

7. Is FibroScan safe?

Yes, FibroScan is a safe, non-invasive procedure with no known risks or side effects.

8. What conditions can FibroScan detect?

FibroScan is primarily used to detect and monitor liver fibrosis and cirrhosis. It can also help in assessing the severity of fatty liver disease and hepatitis.

9. How accurate is FibroScan in detecting liver fibrosis?

FibroScan is highly accurate in detecting significant fibrosis and cirrhosis. It is less reliable for detecting mild fibrosis or very early liver disease.

10. Can FibroScan replace a liver biopsy?

In many cases, FibroScan can reduce the need for a liver biopsy, especially for monitoring fibrosis progression. However, a biopsy may still be necessary for detailed analysis.

11. What do the results of a FibroScan mean?

FibroScan results are given in kilopascals (kPa). Higher kPa values indicate stiffer liver tissue, suggesting more advanced fibrosis or cirrhosis.

12. How often should FibroScan be performed?

The frequency depends on your liver condition and risk factors. Your doctor will recommend a schedule based on your specific needs.

13. Can FibroScan detect fatty liver disease?

Yes, FibroScan can assess liver stiffness and fat content, helping to diagnose and monitor fatty liver disease.

14. What are the limitations of FibroScan?

FibroScan may be less accurate in patients with obesity, ascites, or those with very mild liver disease. It also cannot detect liver tumors or assess liver function.

15. How does FibroScan compare to traditional ultrasound?

FibroScan specifically measures liver stiffness, whereas traditional ultrasound assesses liver structure. Both can be complementary in evaluating liver health.

16. Is FibroScan painful?

No, FibroScan is a painless procedure. You may feel a slight vibration on the skin when the probe is activated.

17. Can FibroScan be used in children?

FibroScan can be used in children, but specific protocols and considerations may apply. Consult with a pediatric liver specialist.

18. What are the benefits of using FibroScan?

FibroScan is non-invasive, quick, and provides immediate results. It is useful for monitoring disease progression and response to treatment without the need for repeated biopsies.

19. Can lifestyle changes affect FibroScan results?

Yes, lifestyle changes like weight loss, alcohol reduction, and managing conditions like diabetes can improve liver health and potentially reduce liver stiffness over time.

20. Who should get a FibroScan?

FibroScan is recommended for individuals with chronic liver conditions (e.g., hepatitis B or C, fatty liver disease, cirrhosis) to assess liver fibrosis and monitor disease progression.

Why Choose London Private Ultrasound?

At London Private Ultrasound, we prioritize your health and comfort. Our team of experienced radiologists and healthcare professionals are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care. Here’s why you should choose us:

  • Expert Radiologists: Our team consists of highly trained and experienced radiologists who are experts in ultrasound diagnostics.
  • State-of-the-Art Technology: We use the latest ultrasound machines to ensure the highest level of accuracy in our scans.
  • Patient-Centered Care: We focus on creating a comfortable and stress-free environment for our patients.
  • Timely Results: We understand the importance of quick diagnosis and provide fast and reliable results.
  • Convenient Location: Located in the heart of London, our clinic is easily accessible.

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