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Mercy's team of cancer doctors diagnose and treat melanoma, a very serious form of skin cancer.
The Center for Interventional Pain Medicine at Mercy provides leading edge pain treatment options to patients throughout the Baltimore Metropolitan area.
Mercy offers emergency care on the Downtown Baltimore campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (410-332-9477) with access to a trained emergency medicine team, diagnostic services and consultations with specialists.
In case of an Emergency, Dial 911 and follow the instructions of the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) team.
Mercy Medical Center's downtown campus includes our Main Hospital - The Mary Catherine Bunting Center, McAuley Plaza and The Weinberg Center.
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The Melissa L. Posner Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy in Baltimore is proud to be one of the first hospitals in Maryland to offer FibroScan® testing for liver disease.
FibroScan is a non-invasive test to measure liver damage and often can be used in place of an invasive liver biopsy, where doctors use needles to collect samples of the liver. Mercy’s doctors specializing in liver and hepatobiliary disease use FibroScan to evaluate the severity of liver scarring and select the best treatment options for liver disease.
More convenient and less painful for patients, a FibroScan test is typically painless, faster and less costly than a traditional liver biopsy. Fibroscan does not replace liver biopsy to make a diagnosis – it is only useful to assess the severity of fibrosis.
FibroScan is a non-invasive test used to measure liver stiffness. Liver stiffness occurs due to liver scarring (fibrosis). While a healthy liver is soft and elastic, a stiff liver is typically a sign that some damage has occurred.
Liver scarring may be caused by:
FibroScan is performed with a probe, similar to an ultrasound. During the procedure, a probe is applied directly to the skin and is passed over the upper right area of the abdomen where the liver is located. The probe captures a series of measurements that generate a FibroScan score for doctors to review. The FibroScan score measures liver stiffness and helps doctors assess liver damage as well as formulate an appropriate treatment plan.
FibroScan is recommended to assess severity of fibrosis (scar tissue) in patients with liver disease. After an initial FibroScan test, repeat tests may be used to further monitor liver condition and track treatment effectiveness.
In many cases, FibroScan can be used in place of a traditional liver biopsy which is an invasive procedure that uses a needle to collect a sample of liver tissue.
FibroScan is beneficial because it typically:
In contrast, a traditional liver biopsy typically:
To schedule an appointment for a FibroScan test please call our office at 410-332-9592 or Request an Appointment online. Our doctors are fully committed to providing your FibroScan score and test results to your referring physician so you can discuss the best treatment plan for your condition.
The Institute for Digestive Health & Liver Disease at Mercy Medical Center brings Baltimore-based top gastroenterologists, doctors, surgeons and specialists to the patient communities of the Mid-Atlantic region with leading treatments for diseases and conditions affecting the digestive tract, including liver and hepatobiliary diseases, inflammatory bowel and colorectal diseases such as Crohn's disease or colitis, conditions of the pancreas, heartburn and reflux disease (GERD), and stomach and intestinal disorders.
Dr. Hwan Yoo, Board Certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine, is an experienced liver specialist at The Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy.
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