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FibroScan — HK$1,200

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About FibroScan

FibroScan, also known as transient elastography, is a non-invasive and painless technology for assessing liver fibrosis and fatty liver disease. It uses a probe, which is placed on the skin surface, to release gentle shock waves that travel through the liver and measures the velocity of the waves. The faster the waves travel and bounce back, the stiffer the liver is and the more scarring the liver has. The controlled attenuation parameter (CAP) score from FibroScan can also measure the fatty change in the liver, making it a valuable device in assessing fatty liver disease (hepatic steatosis).

The Comparison Between FibroScan and Other Liver Examinations


Pros Cons
Liver Biopsy
  • The gold standard for measuring liver fibrosis
  • Able to assess the grade of inflammation in the liver
  • Can simultaneously assess fatty liver disease
  • An invasive procedure, can lead to bleeding and other adverse events
  • Prone to sampling error
Liver Ultrasound
  • A non-invasive procedure
  • Can simultaneously assess tumours and fatty liver disease
  • Not a sensitive test for the diagnosis of mild liver fibrosis and fatty liver disease
  • A non-invasive procedure
  • A more accurate method in assessing liver fibrosis and cirrhosis
  • Can simultaneously assess fatty liver disease
  • Cannot determine the grade of inflammation in the liver
Blood Test
  • A liver function test, able to assess the grade of inflammation in the liver
  • Unable to identify liver fibrosis

Who Should Get a FibroScan?

FibrosScan is for patients with any kind of liver diseases, including viral hepatitis, alcoholic fatty liver disease (AFLD), metabolic-associated fatty liver disease (MAFLD)/non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), liver fibrosis and cirrhosis. Patients with diabetes, “three hypers” (hypertension, hyperglycaemia, hyperlipidaemia), weight problem, long-term alcohol abuse, little physical activity and other unhealthy habits should also have regular check-ups have their liver condition assessed and monitored.

However, people with the following conditions are not recommended to take the examination:

  • Pregnancy
  • Implanted with a pacemaker/defibrillator
  • Ascites
  • Obesity
  • Very small rib spaces

Preparation and Procedure

  1. You should fast for 2 hours before the examination.
  2. During the examination, you will lie down on your back with your right arm raised behind your head.
  3. A small amount of water-based gel will be applied to the right side of your abdomen.
  4. A FibroScan probe will be placed on the skin between your right ribs to obtain the measurement.
  5. You may feel a slight vibration on the skin at the tip of the probe.
  6. The scan takes approximately 5-10 minutes. You can receive the result immediately.

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