FibroScan Alternative to Biopsy
FIBROSCAN (also known as transient elastography, a technology developed by Echosens™ of Paris, France) poses the greatest competition to biopsy as it is non-invasive, less expensive, and (arguably) equally accurate in measuring degree of liver inflammation and fibrosis, particularly in the higher end of the Metavir scale (Stages 3 and 4).
Below you will find a Correlation Chart with Metavir Scale, sample Fibroscan charts, and list of Fibroscan services available in British Columbia.
Chart showing how Fibroscan’s Stiffness scores (in kPa) correlate with Biopsy’s Fibrosis Stage 0-4 scale, for several different kinds of liver disease – CLICK to ENLARGE.
Chart showing Sample Fibroscan result with kPa=3.9 (Fibrosis Stage 1) – CLICK to ENLARGE.
Chart showing Sample Fibroscan result with kPa=49.6 (Fibrosis Stage 4) – CLICK to ENLARGE.
FIBROSCAN MACHINES IN BRITISH COLUMBIA:
- Vancouver General Hospital
- LAIR (Liver & Intestinal Research) Centre (Vancouver)
- Pacific Gastro Services (Vancouver)
- Vancouver Infectious Diseases Centre (VIDC) (Vancouver)
- Percuro Clinic (Victoria)
- Prince George hospital
- Kootenay Lake Hospital (Nelson)
- Kelowna General Hospital
If you hear of anywhere else, please let us know, thanks!