Frequently Asked Questions

Is this the same as a liver ultrasound?

No. At Perth Liver Scan we use a machine called Fibroscan® which functions differently to an ultrasound machine and subsequently reports on different findings.

A liver ultrasound is able to visualise the outline of the liver.  This makes it preferable if a liver tumour is suspected. It is also able to measure the amount of fat inside the liver, but to a less accurate extent.

Fibroscan® is able to measure the level or fat and scarring inside the liver. This makes it preferable and more accurate at quantifying the amount of damage done to the liver. It is a helpful tool in figuring out the stage of a given disease.


How much does it cost?

A liver scan costs $330. A body composition analysis costs $55. Currently (for a limited time), we are offering a free body composition with every liver scan.


Do I get anything back on Medicare?

No. At this stage the procedure is not subsided under Medicare.


What do I have to do before my scan?

  • Fast for 3 hours prior to your scan, drinking water is allowed
  • Bring your Medicare card for identification purposes
  • Bring your referral form (if applicable)
  • Wear appropriate clothing to give easy access to your liver (for a body composition analysis, you must take your shoes and socks off)


When do I get the results of my scan?

Immediately! The Fibroscan® machine instantly generates your results which we give to you to take home. Our team will provide a brief interpretation of the results for your benefit, however, for a detailed analysis and medical advice, take your results to your doctor.


How long does the procedure take?

The scan takes approximately 10 minutes. Everyone’s anatomy is slightly different which means the scan can take between 5 and 15 minutes. However, on average, the procedure is less than 10 minutes long.


What is involved in the procedure?

All you are required to do is lay flat on the examination bed. A member of our team will position the probe on the skin over the liver and activate it. The probe then sends a small pulse into your liver (like a poking sensation over the ribs) and interprets the data. Multiple measurements are taken to ensure accuracy. The procedure is painless and non-invasive.