There’s no age limit to being responsible and aware of your own body, whether it be a FibroScan or a simple blood test – looking after one’s health is perhaps the best insurance to have in life. Not only does it allow people to fully understand their bodies and habits a little bit better, but also to learn about the potential changes they may have to make to live a more sustained and healthy life.
A FibroScan is one of those checks that is often overlooked by a lot of people in their yearly checkups. While it can be hard to maintain the barrage of examinations and checks you’ll require to keep your health levels at an optimal state, taking care of the liver should always be a high priority.
We understand that not everyone knows the ins and outs of a typical FibroScan, so this article will be based around the process and resulting reads you’ll get from it.
The Science Behind It
For all intents and purposes, the FibroScan itself has some highly accurate readings and could be a signifier of the future without needing to invasively biopsy liver tissue to garner a result.
The procedure is relatively straightforward and quite innovative in utilising harmless means to get a result that is highly accurate and telling. A probe is placed on the skin, and through a combination of what is known as an ‘elastic wave’ which stems from a mechanical pulse being shot through the skin (again, harmless) and ultrasound tech – a number is generated based on the stiffness of the responding data received.
This stiffness level is recorded and deduced to the numerical value that can indicate the level of scarring and problems that have arisen in the liver. These are related to as ‘Scores’, which go from F0 to F4.
Here’s a quick breakdown of FibroScan results:
F 0-1 – Receiving a score of F0 to 1 is optimal as it indicates either no liver scarring or very minorscarring.
F 2 – Receiving a score of F2 indicates some to moderate liver scarring
F 3 – A score of F3 denotes severe liver scarring and will likely need following up
F 4 – Finally, a score of F4 would unfortunately indicate advanced liver scarring or cirrhosis
Benefits Of Receiving A FibroScan
Now that we have the science behind this incredible marvel of medical innovation, let’s have a quick look at some of the more tangible benefits for you to consider when tossing up the notion of a FibroScan.
Quick & Painless
The whole FibroScan procedure is very quick and painless, more akin to a simple observation that only takes around 10 minutes to complete. It’s with this turnaround time and accurate results, that it represents a great leap forward in modern medicine practices.
High Degree Of Accuracy
The fact that a typical FibroScan is able to detect scarring with relative ease allows for a more accurate and quality-assured diagnostic journey. The scarring is representative of liver disease, while it’s not able to determine the specific cause of the scarring – the quick and accurate reading will assist the diagnostician in referring the case forward to the proper specialist for follow up treatments.
Reduced Requirement Of An Invasive Biopsy
Before the FibroScan came to our shores, there was not a whole lot of accurate ways to measure the damage of the liver without a biopsy. This was a typically invasive and uncomfortable means of extracting results that may end up showing a score of 0 or 1.
Say what you will about medicine, but there are some very compelling reasons to consider booking a FibroScan.