Fibroscan uses a technology known as transient elastography to accurately check the liver for signs of fibrosis (scarring) using ultrasound, with immediate results.
A referral letter from a consultant or GP is required before booking any diagnostic investigation.
The check includes a personalised assessment of your individual risk factors for liver disease and a check for liver fibrosis using a non-invasive Fibroscan.
Call 02392 456172 to book your Liver Health Check
The liver is the second largest organ in the body and performs over 500 functions, like cleaning your blood and removing toxins. And there are very few symptoms or signs of liver disease until it’s at a very late stage.
Cirrhosis (excess scarring or fibrosis of the liver) has become much more common in the UK over the last few years. It can be caused by years of drinking alcohol, being overweight or having diabetes, known as a fatty liver. Some patients may develop tiredness, itching or non-specific aches and pains but most appear outwardly well.
It’s very important to diagnose liver fibrosis at an early stage, so you can get effective interventions or treatments, and avoid long term complications.
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Our Fibroscan service is led by our highly experienced consultant hepatologist and supported by an expert nursing team. Your Fibroscan is either carried out by your consultant, as part of consultation, or by one of our expert nursing team, usually in the outpatient department.
Our consultants have high standards to meet, often holding specialist NHS posts and delivering expertise in complex sub-specialty surgeries. Many of our consultants have international reputations for their research in their specialised field.
You will need a referral letter from a consultant or GP before booking any diagnostic investigation.
You will have a formal consultation with a healthcare professional. During this time you will be able to explain your medical history, symptoms and raise any concerns that you might have.
We will also discuss with you whether any further diagnostic tests, such as scans or blood tests, are needed. Any additional costs will be discussed before further tests are carried out.
We aim to make your experience with us as easy and relaxed as possible.
A Fibroscan uses a technology known as transient elastography to measure the stiffness of the liver. This gives an accurate guide to the amount of scar tissue (fibrosis) present.
You simply lie on a couch, and the Fibroscan device is held over your liver while readings are taken. The process is non-invasive and painless, and takes around 10 minutes.
The Fibroscan results are available instantly, and your consultant or nurse will discuss the results with you. You might need further diagnostic tests. Any additional costs will be discussed before further tests are carried out.
If you have any concerns about your liver or feel you may be at risk, simply call to book your Liver Health Check.
Your Liver health check will take about 30 minutes and will include an assessment of your individual risk factors for liver disease and a Fibroscan to check for live fibrosis.
Results are available immediately and he nurse will discuss your results with you.
If further investigations are recommended you can choose to be referred to our specialist consultant or your results can be provided to your GP.
Spire Portsmouth Hospital is situated in wooded grounds in Bartons Road, Havant, just off the B2148 Rowlands Castle to Emsworth Road.
The main town of Havant is approximately two miles away with a main line station and taxi rank. The historic towns of Portsmouth and Chichester are approximately 10 miles away.
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