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1. What is Fibroscan ?
     Do you suffer from liver cirrhosis, chronic viral hepatitis (hepatitis B, C, D) or other chronic liver diseases? Then FibroScan is exactly what you need for proper and effective diagnosis. Designed specifically to find out the degree the liver tissue is affected, FibroScan is noninvasive, painless and has no side effects and operates on ultrasound.
     In medical terms, this method is called “hepatic elastography” and FibroScan is the device used to carry out the investigation. Recently implemented to assess liver function, elastography can successfully replace “well-known” puncture. Until nowadays, people from the Republic of Moldova, suffering from liver cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis or other liver diseases, were forced to apply puncture to find out the degree the liver has been damaged by the disease. Besides numerous risks they faced due to the intervention, there was another problem. Not always the doctor managed to collect conclusive tissue samples, which resulted in wrong diagnosis, while the inappropriate treatment shortened patients’ lives. Now, due to the German Diagnostic Centre and advanced FibroScan device, the patients can quickly find out the state of their liver, easily and risk-free, whenever they need it. It should be noted that this investigation is not recommended for pregnant women in the first and the third trimester of pregnancy; however, in order to assess the risk for the mother and the child’s health, FibroScan investigation will be carried out at the hepatologist’s recommendation.
     The operating principle of the device is simple: the tougher the liver is, the higher the degree of fibrosis is. With the help of a transducer, the device emits ultrasonic waves to the liver’s parenchyma and the speed with which the wave beam is reflected to the emission probe is measured. The tougher the tissue is, the faster the wave propagates, and liver elasticity is assessed by calculating the average of several measurements performed in this area. The result of the investigation is available immediately and the procedure can be repeated as often as required.
     Due to FibroScan, the doctor can accurately find if it is a mild or a severe fibrosis and according to these results can determine the appropriate treatment, which will extend the patient’s life.
     Liver Elastography can be helpful if you suffer from: 
- Chronic hepatitis (hepatitis B, C, D);
- Alcoholic liver disease; 
- Cirrhosis of the liver;
- Diseases of the liver with prolonged jaundice (cholestasis);
- Hemochromatosis
- Chronic hepatitis or drug toxicity;
- Non-alcoholic liver steatosis; 
- Evaluation of the liver after transplant;
- Dynamic evaluation of the state of the liver and effectiveness of the administered treatment;
- Need for a surgical biopsy.
     Investigation has disadvantages for obese patients. Due to overweight, ultrasounds fail to cross the area required for the investigation. At the same time, people who have narrow spaces between the bones and those suffering from ascites (accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity) are prohibited to undergo hepatic elastography.
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