Just in case anybody is wondering about Fibroscan in the US, it's now FDA-approved (since April 2013) and available in Los Angeles. Still a little pricey, but will save us the trip to another country like it used to.
Just wanted to share the good news. Happy 2014, everybody!
Another step towards the right direction.
Good news for people based in the USA.
Soon will be celebrating the end of HepB with a cure.
A world free of HepB will do a lot of good for over estimated 4 million people.
Good luck to all of us.
Update: I finally got a Fibroscan reading at the Los Angeles Fibroscan location. Nice facility. Cost was $450.
Pricey, but I'm sure glad to be able to get this important scan done in about 3 hours (driving & test time). This facility specializes in Hep C research trials and other infectious diseases, not Hep B.
Contact me if you need more information about this place. I found it on Google.
Fibroscan = measuring liver stiffness by transient elastography (putting a probe outside your right rib cage and sending signals through your skin into the liver to measure stiffness). No needle. No tissues taken. No blood. Painless. Results in about 15 minutes.
Biopsy = taking live liver tissues to determine liver damage. Painful. Needle. Blood. Possible complication due to bleeding and infection. More costly. Time to result is longer.
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