05 March 2024

Patients at Tharawal Aboriginal Medical Service now have a clearer picture of how healthy their liver is.

Clinical Nurse Consultant, Irena, from South Western Sydney Local Health District’s Hepatology Service visited the Airds centre on Thursday, 29 February and performed 29 liver fibroscans, just one way of checking your liver’s health.

Read more: Liver Tests Explained

A fibroscan sends a pulse through your liver, a bit like an ultrasound, to measure the stiffness of the liver.

This involves putting a probe between the ribs on the right-hand side of the chest and pushing a button which delivers a vibration into the liver.

Stiffness in the liver indicates scarring (fibrosis).

The higher your score, the more likely your liver has fibrosis or cirrhosis.

  • 5 to 7.4 suggests minimal fibrosis
  • 7.5 to 9.4 suggests moderate fibrosis
  • 9.5 or higher suggests severe fibrosis or cirrhosis

Read more: Fibroscan of The Liver

Yearly fibroscans are recommended for patients with abnormal liver function tests.

Find out more about liver health

CAPTION: Irena performs the quick and painless fibroscan on patient Margaret.