Trusted FibroScan Doctor in Orlando
Your liver is one of the most vital organs in your body, and you need to properly care for it and monitor it. The moment something seems off, you should schedule an appointment to check your liver.
If it gets to the point where a biopsy may be discussed, then you should consider FibroScan. This technology is a potential alternative to the intimidating liver biopsy, which is an invasive procedure that requires recovery time.
If you’re looking for a FibroScan doctor in Orlando, look no further. At Orlando Gastroenterology, we have the knowledge and technology to perform this non-invasive diagnostic test.
All About FibroScan Technology
This FDA approved diagnostic ultrasound is a painless, easy, and reliable alternative to a liver biopsy. Using FibroScantesting, we can diagnose a variety of liver problems to get you on the best possible treatment plan.
Seeing a FibroScan doctor in Orlando is often recommended for patients with the following conditions:
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
- Autoimmune hepatitis
- Genetic liver diseases (Wilson’s disease)
- Alcohol-related liver disease
FibroScan uses “shear waves”, which are part of an ever-improving technique called Vibration-Controlled Transient Elastography (VCTE) to measure the elasticity of the liver. As the ultrasound wave passes through your liver, it is altered by whatever scarring (or fibrosis) may be present, and these wave readings are then interpreted to get an accurate reading of the stage of the fibrosis.
The shear wave analysis needs specific physical parameters to produce an accurate and reliable result in terms of the tissue stiffness, all of which are part of the Fibroscan Touch device. If the liver is stiff, it may mean more severe fibrosis.
How FibroScan Can Help
Other than the obvious – diagnosing liver fibrosis – what can FibroScan do for you?
If you are or could be suffering from Hepatitis C, this technology can be used to check if your liver is becoming scarred, either fibrosis or even cirrhosis, your doctor and pharmacist could then potentially have the results needed to get coverage for new, stronger Hepatitis C treatments.
Furthermore, the non-invasive scan means you can avoid the potential risks or complications that might accompany a biopsy. The simple scan is a much easier test and can give you the same results you need.
Even better, after treatment (if necessary), the FibroScan process is easily repeatable – with no harmful effects – to monitor the liver’s recovery. This recovery may also decrease your long-term risk of cancer and can be tracked with this technology.
An Overview of the Process
When you come in, one of our friendly technicians will ask you to lie down and raise your right arm behind your head. From there, a water-based gel will be applied to your side, and the probe will be placed with minimal pressure.
They will take ten measurements, back to back, which will measure the state of your liver as a whole, whereas a biopsy is usually focused on a small sample area.
The test is a quick, 10-minute procedure, you get your results immediately, and our GI experts will interpret the results for you. No waiting around!
Schedule an Appointment with a FibroScan Doctor in Orlando
If you think you need a liver biopsy, consider a non-invasive FibroScan instead. Call our office today to schedule the procedure and get on track to recovery!