Liver Specialist Melbourne – Dr. Nathan Connelly
Dr. Nathan Connelly is a respected and skilled liver specialist (hepatologist) and gastroenterologist. With more than 20 years of experience as a specialist physician, Nathan has key expertise in hepatology, gastroscopy, colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy and polypectomy.
If you have any concerns regarding your liver health, Dr. Nathan Connely and his staff can check the health of your liver with a non-invasive liver scan using a FibroScan® 502 Touch device – painless and far more accurate and detailed than an ultrasound. The scan takes lesson than 15 minutes and results are immediate.
Liver Scan Melbourne
A liver scan at Moonee Valley Specialist Centre is a painless procedure similar to an ultrasound that allows our liver specialist, Dr Nathan Connelly to determine whether disease such as hepatitis has scarred the patient’s liver. It does this by measuring any stiffness (or scarring) of the organ, which is known as fibrosis.
Moonee Valley Specialist Centre is the only private practice in Victoria to have a FibroScan® 502 Touch device.
A Liver Scan with the FibroScan® 502 Touch
A FibroScan® 502 Touch liver scan is a hepatic ultrasound (Liver Ultrasound) that determines Fibrosis (Liver stiffness/Scarring) and steatosis (fatty change). The FibroScan® 502 Touch measures the velocity of a shear wave (vibration wave) generated on the skin by the ultrasound probe.
Shear Wave Velocity measures the time the wave takes to penetrate the liver. The longer the penetration time, the higher the fibrosis score- more stiffness/scarring of the liver. TheFibroScan® 502 Touch also measures steatosis (Liver Fat Content). Fibrosis is measured in kPa (Kilopascals) whilst steatosis is measured in CAP (Controlled Attenuation Parameter).
Please watch the video below for a detailed explanation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some commonly asked questions about the liver scan procedure. If you can’t find the answer to your question below, you can request a call back from our staff here.
Do I Need a Referral?
No. You do not. The LiverScan is a self-referred procedure.
Do I Need an Appointment?
Yes, you do.
What Do I Need To Bring To My Appointment?
You could bring someone from your family or a friend to the centre, however they would not be allowed into the procedure room
How Long Will it Take?
A LiverScan procedure itself takes approximately 10 mins. If you would like to consult with a medical
professional about your results please allow for more time.
What If I Need To Reschedule or Cancel My Appointment?
Please call our friendly staff on 03 9372 0372. There are no cancellation fees.
How Much Does a LiverCan Cost?
The LiverScan will cost you about $180 per scan.
There is no medicare rebate.
Is There Any Prior Preparation Before a LiverScan?
Please ensure you have nothing to eat, drink, chew or smoke for a minimum of 4 hours prior to your procedure to avoid having to repeat the scan.
If you would like to find out more about LiverScan and its benefits, please contact our office. Contact Us