FibroScans

A FibroScan® provides information about the health of your liver. It is a simple, painless test that determines whether liver damage (fibrosis or cirrhosis) is present.

Why do I need a FibroScan?

Chronic hepatitis causes liver damage. Having a FibroScan is one of the most important things you can do to assess the health of your liver. If the FibroScan shows there is liver damage, we can recommend other ways to reduce further damage and improve your liver health.

What does it involve? 

You will lie on your back, with your right arm raised above your head. A probe will

be placed on your skin where the liver is located. The p

robe generates a sound wave that measures liver stiffness. The degree of stiffness deter

mines if liver damage is present. More stiffness indicates more damage.

What do the results mean?

You will be provided with one of the following results:

• Normal liver/no fibrosis: you have a healthy liver with no scarring.

• Mild fibrosis: You have a small amount of scarring on the liver.

• Moderate fibrosis: You have a fair amount of scarring on the liver.

• Severe fibrosis: You have a large amount of scarring on the liver. We will refer you to

hospital for further review and tests. We recommend you take action to reduce future damage to your liver.

• Cirrhosis: Your liver is very scarred, which means your liver won’t be working as it should. You may feel unwell with symptoms of liver failure. We will refer you to hospital for further tests.

Immigration and FibroScans

If you require a FibroScan for Immigration NZ, these can be requested by your GP or private

specialist. Please liaise with our staff to see whether there is a FibroScan clinic running in yo

ur area in the near future. In some cases, you may need to travel. 

Immigration NZ has advised that you can request an extension on your visa application i

f the department requires a FibroScan or other medical investigations that will take more than two weeks.

Central:

Wellington Hospital Gastroenterology service – GP or private specialist to refer through the usual referral pathway.  This needs to be marked as an Immigration Fibroscan.  The patient will be invoiced by the Hospital.

Northern:

Auckland Hospital – Immigration Fibroscan referrals for all Auckland and Northland DHB’s, GP’s or private Specialists can use their usual e-referral system. This needs to be marked as an Immigration Fibroscan.  The patient will be invoiced by the Hospital.

Midlands:

Waikato – Please refer directly to Dr Frank Weilert at Tawa Street Clinic, 33 Tawa St, PO Box 6059, Glenview, Hamilton. Phone (07) 843 0017 Fax: 07 843 0018. This needs to be marked as an Immigration Fibroscan.  The patient will be invoiced by the clinic.

South Island:

Dunedin Hospital Gastroenterology service – GP or private specialist to refer through the usual referral pathway. This needs to be marked as an Immigration Fibroscan. The patient will be invoiced by the Hospital.

Referral to Digestive Health Services, which is a private provider. This needs to be marked as an Immigration Fibroscan.  The patient will be charged by the private provider.

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