Green Bay – Prevea Health is pleased to now offer patients in need of routine testing for chronic liver disease management a painless, non-invasive option, called FibroScan®. It is used to assess and diagnose patients with chronic liver diseases such as fatty liver and viral hepatitis, which affect millions of Americans.

It is best to explain how FibroScan works by first describing the test patients without access to FibroScan experience. Traditionally, testing is done through liver biopsy. During biopsy, a long needle is inserted through the rib cage and a small sample of liver is extracted and sent to pathology. This procedure typically requires a minimum of seven hours at the hospital, when factoring in prep and recovery time.

FibroScan uses elastography, a technique similar to ultrasound. During the procedure, a probe is placed on the surface of the skin of the rib cage. It emits a mechanical pulse, measuring the condition of the liver through sound waves. The data is then analyzed by a computer which displays a two-dimensional picture of the liver. The procedure is completely painless, takes about 5 to 10 minutes to complete, and results are immediate.
Liver biopsy testing is still available, as it is necessary in some cases. However, FibroScan testing may be a better option for others.

“This is a significant development for patients who suffer from chronic liver disease, such as Hepatitis C, and require routine testing to reveal the severity or progression of their disease,” said Sally Bowa, APNP, Prevea Digestive Health. “Patients in Northeast Wisconsin no longer have to travel to Milwaukee or Madison to access this quick and pain-free procedure.”

The FibroScan procedure is performed by the experts of Prevea Digestive Health at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay.

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Prevea Health’s mission is to care for people with passion, pride, and respect. Founded in 1996, Prevea Health partners with HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay, HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls, to provide access to more than 200 physicians in more than 60 specialty areas. Prevea has more than 40 locations throughout Northeast Wisconsin and Western Wisconsin’s Chippewa Valley region. For more information, visit www.prevea.com.