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Marshall Browning Hospital Offers FibroScan®: Painless, Accurate,Noninvasive Way to Assess Liver Health

Du Quoin, Illinois - August 21, 2020 - When it comes to your liver health, Marshall Browning Hospital in Du Quoin wants to provide the best possible care. About the size of a football, the liver is the largest organ in the human body and responsible for performing many functions that are critical to your health.

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is asymptomatic and patients are often unaware that they have the disease. Not simply a result of alcohol consumption, as many believe, NAFLD is the most common type of liver disease in the Western world -- associated with obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes and other metabolic risk factors and directly related to too much fat in the liver cells. If left untreated NAFLD can, over time, lead to a more serious stage of the disease.

Because liver disease is reversible if caught early enough, Marshall Browning Hospital now offers Echosens' FibroScan®, an FDA-cleared technology for the diagnosis and monitoring of adult patients as part of an overall evaluation of liver health.

This simple, non-invasive exam supports early detection and management of liver disease as part of routine care management for those who may be at risk for liver disease.

Quick, Painless Exam of Your Liver
FibroScan® takes only 10-minutes, is noninvasive and completely painless:

• The patients lie comfortably on an exam table
• The medical professional applies a water-based gel on the patient's skin and places the FibroScan® probe on the right side of the ribcage
• The medical professional then takes 10 quick, painless measurements
• Results are immediate for the physician to interpret

FibroScan® examinations should be performed on a patient who has not eaten in at least three hours and is not indicated for use in pregnant women or individuals who have an implantable electronic device, such as a pacemaker.
For more information about FibroScan®, talk to your provider or call Marshall Browning Hospital Imaging Department at 618-542-1073.
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