The LiverLab is Moving to a New Location! The LiverLab will be closed for the month of June 2017, but we will be scheduling patients for July 2017 at our new location at 3601 N. 44th St. Phoenix, AZ 85018 Please call to schedule!

 
 
Now Enrolling! Clinical Trial for Patients with NASH. This study tests a non-drug formula called HepAssure Medical Food for patients with stage 4 (cirrhosis) from NASH. Approved by HonorHealth IRB. Click here for details.

NOTIFICATION TO PHYSICIANS:

  • Fibroscans must be ordered by Physician referral. Physician Referral Forms may be downloaded (click here to download PDF referral form)
  • Physician referrals must be faxed to The LiverLab at 1-(888)-713-2152.
  • Patients should call The LiverLab at (844) 254-8375 (toll free) to schedule their appointment. We will call the patient ... (continue)
  • NOTIFICATION TO PATIENTS:

  • Patients must call The LiverLab to schedule their appointments. Please call (toll free) 1 (844).254.8375 to schedule an appointment
  • Patients must not eat or drink any food or liquid for three hours prior to the Fibroscan.
  • The LiverLab does not provide Fibroscan results to patients. Patients must return to the ordering Physician to receive their results... (continue)
  • Fibroscan assessment for the diagnosis and treatment of Patients with Chronic Liver Disease

    Over half of the US population suffers from Chronic Liver Disease (CLD) These include patients with Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease/Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NAFLD/NASH), Hepatitis C (HCV), Hepatitis B (HBV), and Alcoholic Liver Disease (ALD).

    Many CLD patients are currently undiagnosed or are missing critical information regarding the stage of their progressive liver fibrosis/cirrhosis.

    In many cases it is not until previously undetected progressive liver fibrosis advances to late-stage fibrosis/cirrhosis that CLD is finally diagnosed in these patients. Patients with advanced liver fibrosis/cirrhosis are then typically referred for intervention-type procedures.

    Progressive liver fibrosis/cirrhosis is a silent killer. Timely and accurate liver assessments in the early stages of CLD are key to developing and implementing proper preventive care protocols for patients with all types of CLD. (Read More ...)

    What is a Liver FibroScan?

    FibroScan is an FDA-approved device to measure Fibrosis staging. The FibroScan has been widely used in Europe and Canada over the last decade and it is considered a preferable alternative to liver biopsy due to its decreased risk of complications. FibroScan is also referred to as liver ultrasonographic ... (continue)

    Why do you need a FibroScan
    examination of your liver?

    Prevention is key. To prevent irreversible liver damage, it is important to monitor your liver fibrosis staging.You need a FibroScan examination every six months if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Hepatitis C or Hepatitis B ... (continue)
  • Chronic Liver Disease (CLD) Patient Info page

    Your Liver & Liver Fibrosis

    Liver fibrosis is a process whereby collagen (scar tissue) is secreted by special cells (myofibroblasts) ... (continue)

     

    Liver Biopsy vs. Liver FibroScan

     

    How is the progress of
    liver disease monitored?

    It is recommended that patients repeat a FibroScan examination every six months to monitor the state of their liver and to track the treatment progress.

    Your physician will make recommendations based on your individual case basis.

    (Watch this video for a quick overview)

    The table below compares the benefits of a liver FibroScan vs. a liver biopsy procedure.

    Comparison Item Liver Biopsy FibroScan
    Results:    Results can take weeks Immediate Results
    Invasive / Pain:    Invasive Procedure Painless and Non-Invasive
    Risks / Complications:    Risks involved such as bleeding and pain. No Complications Involved
    Hospitalization:    Hospitalization Required NO Hospitalization Required (procedure only takes a matter of minutes)
    Bed Rest:    Bed Rest Required NO Bed Rest Required
    Time Off Work:    Requires time away from work. NO time away from work required.
    Sampling Errors:    Likely sampling errors NO sampling errors
    Repeat Procedures:    Not easy to repeat Easy and safe to repeat
    Cost:    Significantly higher cost to patient. Low cost to patient.

    Safe, Painless & Non-Invasive




    No Recovery Time


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    What is liver fibrosis and why is early detection is the key?

    Liver fibrosis is a process whereby collagen (scar tissue) is secreted by special cells (myofibroblasts) in the liver in response to oxidative stress. Oxidative stress may be triggered by chronic liver disease (CLD). The major causes of CLD are viral hepatitis C and B, alcoholic related liver disease, NASH (or NAFLD). Over time, this process can result in cirrhosis of the liver. Liver Cirrhosis may progress to a permanent and irreversible condition called End-Stage Liver Disease. Once cirrhosis is developed, it can cause constriction of blood flow into the liver resulting in ascites (a build-up of fluid in the abdominal cavity), bleeding from esophageal varices (abnormally enlarged veins in the lower part of the esophagus), and it can also cause impaired liver function such as decreased protein metabolism resulting in elevated blood nitrogen levels. The risk of liver cancer is greatly increased once cirrhosis develops. Many cirrhotic patients with end-stage liver disease opt for liver transplantation.

    The traditional method for staging liver fibrosis is biopsy. However, there are disadvantages associated with doing liver biopsies due to risks of complications such as bleeding and pain. An alternative to liver biopsy is the FibroScan. A biopsy may be performed only once every 3-5 years, while a FibroScan may be given every six months. The FibroScan is FDA-approved and it is a safe, painless, and non-invasive procedure. The result is instantaneous and reliable.



    An Overview of the Liver

    The liver is one of the largest organs in the body. It is reddish-brown in color and it has four lobes. The liver weighs approximately 3 pounds in an average-sized body. It is located on the upper right side of the abdomen behind the ribcage. The liver has many important functions:

  • It performs over 500 chemical functions in the body
  • It filters and detoxifies the blood
  • It releases chemicals and nutrients into the body when needed
  • It regulates fat, protein and carbohydrate metabolism
  • It stores vitamins, minerals and cholesterol
  • It regulates hormones
  • It makes bile needed for digesting fats
  • The liver has a remarkable ability to regenerate itself. However, a process called fibrosis associated with certain chronic liver diseases (CLD) results in the secretion of collagen (scar tissue) into the spaces in the liver. As the mass of scar tissue takes up more and more space in the liver, the dead scar tissue crowds out the living liver cells (hepatocytes) and also constricts flow in the blood, lymph and bile vessels of the organ. This can result in advanced fibrosis and eventually lead to cirrhosis. Advanced cirrhosis may result in liver failure and end-stage liver disease. The four most common diseases associated with fibrosis generation in the liver are viral Hepatitis C and B, Alcoholism, and Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) - Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH).

    What to expect with the FibroScan Examination:

    The FibroScan examination process is fast, safe, painless and non-invasive. It takes 5-10 minutes. The key to FibroScan's accuracy lies in the fact that it takes the average of 10 separate measurements, whereas aa biopsy ( READ MORE ...)



    The LiverLab, located in Scottsdale, Arizona, is currently the only independant Liver FibroScan lab facility in the Metro Phoenix region. In addition to Scottsdale and Phoenix, AZ, the LiverLab services patients from the entire Phoenix Metro area to include Tempe, AZ; Mesa, AZ; Gilbert and Chandler, AZ and Glendale, Peoria, Surprise and Sun City, Arizona as well as other cities.

     
     

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