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Preparing for your liver health checkup

Posted 25 January, 2021
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Preparing for your liver health checkup

This handy flyer can be given to your patients to help prepare for a liver check-up.

It details how to get ready for a FibroScan and what to expect during the examination.

The flyer also provides tips on keeping healthy along with space to record appointment details.

Preparing for a liver health check

Having a liver health checkup is nothing to be concerned about. Your doctor or nurse will ask a series of questions followed by a scan of your liver using a machine known as a FibroScan.

We’ve prepared some tips to help you prepare for your checkup and healthy living tips to keep your liver in tip-top shape.

On the day
  • No food or liquids (including water) for 3 hours prior to appointment
  • Arrive 10-15 minutes early
  • Wear comfortable clothing (no dresses – shirt/top and pants/skirt is fine)
  • Your appointment will last about 30 minutes
What to expect
  • A Fibroscan is used to measure fibrosis or stiffness in the liver.
  • It is a non-invasive procedure that uses ultrasound technology to send a mechanical pulse (light tap)through the liver from the surface of the skin.
  • 10 measurements are taken to give a true reading.

Your liver health Matters

Keeping healthy
  • Eating well: cut back on foods that are high in fat and sugar
  • Getting active: try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day
  • Feeling well: take care of yourself emotionally, spiritually and physically
  • Drink aware: cut down on alcohol or try to stop altogether
Love your liver
  • Your liver is like a factory. It manufactures, stores and processes everything you put into your body.
  • It breaks down food, alcohol, medicine and toxins.
  • The liver performs over 500 functions and is the heavyweight in your body. You simply cannot live without it.

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