24 July 2023


Metabolic syndrome is a clinical condition where a series of cardiovascular risk factors such as insulin resistance, obesity, atherogenic dyslipidemia and hypertension coexist.

  • Liver steatosis is the accumulation of more than 5% of fat in hepatocytes
  • Liver fibrosis represents the scar tissue that forms in the liver as a result of acute or chronic inflammations and has a progression risk in liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma.

While remaining decisive in a small percentage of cases, liver biopsy has been replaced by liver elastosonography (FIBROSCAN), an absolutely non-invasive technique

At Columbus Clinic this exam is performed with a state-of-the-art ultrasound device that allows an evaluation of liver fibrosis (liver elastography) and the quantity of the fat in the liver (Controlled Attenuation Parameter – CAP): it significantly reduces discomfort, side effects and costs to the patient. In case the Clinic finds it necessary, the exam can be repeated at an early date.

This exam is totally painless and requires the same preparation as any other abdomen ultrasound.

The exam lasts 15 to 20 minutes and doesn’t have any contraindication.