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Scan offers liver patients alternative to biopsies

The device allows Queen's to provide a quicker and less expensive procedure

By Kristen Consillio

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 11, 2014

~~<p>The Queen's Medical Center has begun using a new noninvasive liver scan technology to reduce the need for painful and costly biopsies for patients with liver disease.</p>
<p>The FibroScan, newly approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, uses vibration to measure elasticity or stiffness of a patient's liver, a key factor in determining the extent of liver damage or how well a treatment is working. Doctors can then identify appropriate treatment and medication.</p>
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The Queen's Medical Center has begun using a new noninvasive liver scan technology to reduce the need for painful and costly biopsies for patients with liver disease.

The FibroScan, newly approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, uses vibration to measure elasticity or stiffness of a patient's liver, a key factor in determining the extent of liver damage or how well a treatment is working. Doctors can then identify appropriate treatment and medication. Login for more...



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