It is a scan similar to a routine abdomen ultrasound which will measure how elastic (or how stiff) your liver is. A healthy liver should be soft and elastic, and if your liver is stiff this is a sign that some damage (fibrosis/inflammation) has occurred.
It is a painless procedure which involves a probe being placed over the top right area of your stomach. Like an abdominal ultrasound, this will also require 4 hours of fasting.
4-D Ultrasound Elastography is a quick, painless test that gives immediate results. It does not have any potential complications or risks and is non-invasive, which means that it does not break the skin or enter your body.
The results of the scan can help your doctor find out about the level of damage that affects your liver, and decide what treatment you might need.
It is helpful for measuring the degree of liver damage in people with: