Non-invasive tests such as Fibroscan are good for detecting either no fibrosis or extensive fibrosis, but not very good for the grade and stage in between. I've posted a link to some info below.
Liver biopsies carry certain risks, such as internal bleeding, although these are rare. However, they can provide a more accurate picture of the degree of liver damage. Some info below.
Hope this helps and it would be a good idea to discuss these options with your doctor.
Love Steff xx
The fibroscan procedure? Beats the biopsy, for sure.
Diagnosed in 2006. Probably infected in the late 70s or early 80s. Genotype 1B. Starting TX on 5/5/11 with the SOC and Teleprevir.
I was not offered anything but a biopsy to check for scarring on the liver.
Have not heard of Fibrosure.
Wish I could be more help.
Genotype 1a Diagnosed in 1991. Started tx April 27 2011 for 48 wks. VL before tx 1.6 - 4.6 million. RVR-week 4, UND-week 8
Vitamin D3 suppliments can increase chances of reaching SVR. See Nutrition section for links.
I'm going to see doc about starting tx. Is there a big difference (results wise) between
these two procedures?
Prob. infected 89-90 geno 1 vl=2.7 mil