FibroScan services offered in South Bend, Plymouth and LaPorte, IN

A FibroScan® procedure is a painless, fast, and easy way of assessing your liver’s health. Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc has offices in Plymouth, La Porte, and South Bend, Indiana, with two South Bend locations, on Generations Drive and in The South Bend Clinic on North Eddy Street, with board-certified gastroenterologists who specialize in using cutting-edge diagnostics like FibroScan. To benefit from their expertise, call your nearest Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc office to book your appointment today. 

FibroScan Q & A

What is FibroScan?

FibroScan or ultrasound elastography is a painless way of examining your liver. It forms part of a comprehensive gastrointestinal evaluation and provides valuable information that previously would have required a liver biopsy (taking a sample of liver tissue).

FibroScan ultrasound measures the speed of a shear wave as it travels through your liver. A shear wave is a kind of elastic sound wave. The speed of the shear wave indicates how stiff your liver is, which helps in the diagnosis and management of liver disease.

Why would I need a FibroScan?

You might need a FibroScan if your provider at Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc suspects there’s a problem with your liver or needs to assess the organ’s function when you have liver disease.

Your liver is a large solid organ roughly the size of a football, weighing between three and four pounds. The liver is your body’s filter. Over 1.5 quarts of blood pump through your liver every minute, enabling it to remove waste products and toxins from your bloodstream.

The liver also stores glucose (sugar), vitamins, and minerals for later use helps to manage hormones and cholesterol, and regulates blood clotting and fat storage factors. Various things can damage the liver, including:

  • Hepatitis A, B, and C (liver infections)
  • Acetaminophen (painkiller) overdoses 
  • Certain herbal remedies, including blue-green algae and valerian
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease 
  • Alcohol abuse

Liver damage from these causes can result in steatosis (abnormal fat retention), fibrosis (connective tissue buildup), and cirrhosis (scarring). Very often, you won’t experience problems until the liver damage reaches an advanced stage.

If you have symptoms like loss of appetite, fever, itchy skin, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, chronic fatigue, dark urine, pale stools, and jaundice (yellowing of your eyes and skin), it could indicate liver disease. Your provider at Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc might recommend FibroScan as a noninvasive and painless way to examine the damage.

How is FibroScan ultrasound performed?

The FibroScan procedure is painless and over quickly. You lie on your back on a treatment table, raising your right arm behind your head. The ultrasound technician puts a water-based gel on your skin and the FibroScan probe next to your liver.

They scan your liver through the skin with the FibroScan handpiece, capturing 10 specific measurements from the same location. The result is a figure expressed in kilopascals (kPa), which are units of pressure.

Your provider interprets the results of your FibroScan in combination with the other information from your evaluation.

To benefit from painless, fast, and accurate liver assessment using FibroScan, call call Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc to book your appointment today.