Minnesota Gastroenterology is one of the first facilities in the state to offer FibroScan. FibroScan is a new device that offers a non-invasive, pain-free way to measure liver stiffness (fibrosis) allowing the provider to monitor the severity of a patient's liver disease at the point of care and over time. The FibroScan device is based at Minnesota Gastroenterology's Maplewood Clinic and takes about 15 minutes to complete. The staff member uses something similar to an ultrasound probe to take measurements of the liver. The patient cannot eat or drink in the three hours preceeding the test. Results will be available immediately and will be sent to the ordering provider for interpretation and resulting.
Currently the methods for evaluating liver fibrosis include MR Elastography or liver biopsy. Utilization of the FibroScan will decrease patient exposure to invasive tests, offer greater convenience and decrease patient costs. FibroScan is indicated for any hepatology patient. In addition to the internal referrals from Minnesota Gastroenterology's own providers, the practice will also be accepting external referrals for Fibroscan.