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What happens when you get a FibroScan test?

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FibroScan uses ultrasound waves to measure fibrosis by how stiff your liver has become. The stiffer your liver is, the more fibrosis it has.

How it’s done: You lie on a table with the right side of your belly showing. A special gel is spread on your skin over the area of your liver. Your doctor will move a small wand over your belly. It doesn’t usually hurt and doesn’t take long.

SOURCES:

CDC: “Hepatitis C Questions and Answers for the Public.”

The Hepatitis C Trust: “Hepatitis C Liver Damage Progression.”

American Liver Foundation: “The Progression of Liver Disease.”

University of Virginia: “Diagnosing Liver Fibrosis: Choosing the Right Test for You.”

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: “Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Elastography.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Understanding Your FibroScan Results.”

U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Blood Tests.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on June 26, 2020

SOURCES:

CDC: “Hepatitis C Questions and Answers for the Public.”

The Hepatitis C Trust: “Hepatitis C Liver Damage Progression.”

American Liver Foundation: “The Progression of Liver Disease.”

University of Virginia: “Diagnosing Liver Fibrosis: Choosing the Right Test for You.”

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: “Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Elastography.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Understanding Your FibroScan Results.”

U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Blood Tests.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on June 26, 2020

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