FibroScan® in Hattiesburg, MS

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FibroScan is a technology used by the GI doctors at Hattiesburg GI Associates, PLLC to noninvasively check the liver for signs of problems. Also known as transient elastography, the scan uses a specialized ultrasound technology to measure the occurrence of fibrosis and steatosis in the liver. Fibrosis occurs when the liver substitutes sound tissue with scar tissue to help recover from a separate condition. Hepatic steatosis, also called fatty liver disease, develops when fat builds up within the liver cells.

Using FibroScan, your Hattiesburg, MS gastrointestinal physicians can evaluate the state and working condition of your liver and supply a diagnosis and treatment plan without intrusively probing the body to explore the liver. If you have a liver ailment, reach out to Hattiesburg GI Associates, PLLC to learn if you might benefit from FibroScan technology.

FibroScan analysis could be advised for patients who have early- to advanced-stage liver disease or other ailments. These could encompass:

  • PBC, or primary biliary cholangitis
  • Particular types of hepatitis
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • NASH, or nonalcoholic steatohepatitis
  • Cirrhosis of the liver (severe scarring)
  • Alcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Different kinds of chronic liver disease (CLD)

How is FibroScan conducted?

A FibroScan examination in Hattiesburg, MS is a convenient diagnostic procedure that is typically completed within 10 – 15 minutes. A sensor will be put on your skin over your liver. This unique sensor transmits acoustic sound waves through your liver to gauge the speed at which sound moves through the organ. The FibroScan device then yields a set of findings that your Hattiesburg GI Associates, PLLC GI doctors will review to study the level of hardness (fibrosis) in your heptic system (liver).

FibroScan findings are measured according to the severity grade of steatosis (fatty liver disease) and fibrosis score. The charts below provide a generalized look at what the results of the examination may indicate. You can talk about the finer points of your results with your Hattiesburg GI Associates, PLLC gastrointestinal providers following your FibroScan test.

Steatosis grade of severity: The fatty change result explains the level of steatosis in the liver and is delivered via a CAP score (controlled attenuation parameter), which is calculated in dB/m (decibels per meter). This result can run between 100 – 400 decibels per meter, and various ranges result in a different steatosis grade.

CAP Score (dB/m)

Steatosis Grade

Amount of Liver With Fatty Change

238 – 260

S1

11% – 33%

260 – 290

S2

34% – 66%

290+

S3

67%+

Fibrosis score: The fibrosis outcome is an assessment of the hardness of the liver and represents the layer of scarring that the liver has experienced. Your GI specialists will use your FibroScan result as well as your medical history to determine your fibrosis value. Different liver conditions and diseases can change the fibrosis score.

  • F0 to F1: No scarring/mild scarring
  • F2: Mild scarring
  • F3: Extreme scarring
  • F4: Extremely developed scarring (cirrhosis)

Because FibroScan uses ultrasound technology, there is very little chance of complications involved with the procedure. FibroScan is a noninvasive imaging procedure and comes with little to no discomfort. It also makes possible a wide-ranging evaluation of the full liver instead of the relatively limited assessment allowed by a liver biopsy. On top of that, no sedation is required for the procedure, it is relatively low-priced, can be performed quickly, and the results are instant.

As the second-largest organ in the body, your liver executes tasks essential to your well-being. Fibrosis and steatosis might impact your liver — and therefore your body — in various ways and may lead to severe diseases without suitable care. For more information about FibroScan in Hattiesburg, MS or to meet with a liver doctor near you, please contact your local Hattiesburg GI Associates, PLLC office today.

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