For years, we have been receiving phone calls and various inquiries from individuals that were concerned about the health of their liver. Maybe they were consuming too much alcohol, or they were recently told they had fatty liver disease. In other circumstances, they remember being told that a family member had hepatitis B or hepatitis C. Because of these concerns, many wanted a "check up" of their liver, but were not quite sure where to go. Some patients would come and see us as a patient, while others simply stayed away.
Possibly as a result of COVID-19 and greater dialogue regarding the presence of chronic diseases, including liver disease, we’ve continue to receive calls from people looking for an inexpensive liver health checkup for themselves.
Because disorders of the liver usually do not produce many symptoms, you may not even know that you have a liver problem. As I’ve stated many times before, if you’re waiting for symptoms, related to either an acute or chronic liver disorder, that day may come very late when you’ve already developed cirrhosis, liver cancer, or simply present with liver failure. That’s why it’s important to act early, before symptoms develop.
Our screening program will include a Fibroscan, which is a non-invasive test, based on ultrasound technology, that evaluates the stiffness of your liver. This correlates with the degree of scarring (also known as fibrosis) in the liver. It also check for the presence of fat in the liver. Liver enzymes, which will detect inflammation of the liver, will also be drawn, as well as a blood glucose assay, screening for diabetes. Your height and weight will be analyzed, as well as a screening blood pressure.
The cost of the services is $75 per person. No physician orders is required and no insurance will be filed.