Liver Elastography (equivalent to Fibroscan) is an ultrasound technique used to measure the degree of fibrosis in the liver. It can detect liver changes earlier than conventional imaging techniques. It is used to stage the severity of liver disease by measuring the ‘hardness’ of the liver tissue, which can be an indication of liver fibrosis.

The measurement is used to assess liver fibrosis associated with conditions which can affect the liver – for example Hepatitis B & C, fatty liver disease, drug induced liver injuries, or primary biliary cirrhosis.

Recently, new Hepatitis treatments were added to the PBS for patients with proven liver changes. Elastography by ultrasound is a key criteria for accessing these new treatments.

The scan takes a matter of minutes, is non-invasive and results can be conveyed to your doctor within 24 hours. This technique offers a painless, non-invasive alternative to a liver biopsy. It can be performed at the same time as a routine Ultrasound of the abdomen. The technique is reproducible, so serial examinations may be useful in tracking efficacy of treatment plans. Multiple studies have demonstrated that Elastography is equivalent to Fibroscan (which is usually performed in Gastroenterology clinics).

Universal Medical Imaging offers liver elastography at the Gungahlin, Braddon and Kingston practices.

For bookings please call 02 6126 5000.