Innovative Technology at Wellstar Enhances Liver Health
Wellstar East Cobb Health Park now has a new, non-invasive way to get an inside look at your liver health, quickly and painlessly.
An exam with FibroScan, the first FDA-cleared device for diagnosis and monitoring of liver disease, only takes a few minutes, is painless for the patient and produces immediate results for evaluation by a physician.
Results can be used to rule out the need for an expensive, more painful liver biopsy or other invasive procedure.
“When it comes to your liver health, it’s best to be proactive and take action to stay healthy before issues develop,” said Dr. Arif Aziz, chief of Wellstar’s digestive health service line. “This cutting-edge device allows us to monitor your liver without a painful or time-consuming procedure, and since it’s conveniently located at Wellstar East Cobb Health Park, our patients don’t have to travel to take advantage of this new technology.”
The exam only takes about five to 10 minutes. You will lie comfortably on an exam table and raise your right arm above your head. Then, the operator will apply a water-based gel to your skin and place the probe on your ribcage. They will take 10 quick, pain-free measurements. The technology not only saves you pain, it speeds up the diagnostic process as well — results are available immediately for your physician to review.
This new technology can be especially useful for diabetic patients. Fatty liver disease makes it more difficult to control diabetes and can worsen outcomes.
Fatty liver disease can lead to cirrhosis of liver and associated complications. It is one of the leading reasons for liver transplant in the United States.
To learn more about your liver health and schedule a FibroScan exam, make an appointment with a Wellstar gastroenterologist.