Hospital unveils life-saving new liver scanner

A life-saving FibroScan liver scanner has been unveiled at NNUH following a donation by Norfolk and

A life-saving FibroScan liver scanner has been unveiled at NNUH following a donation by Norfolk and Norwich Liver Group. Picture: NNUH - Credit: Archant

A donation of £76,000 has allowed Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital to purchase a potentially life-saving liver scanner.

The new FibroScan in use at NNUH following a donation by Norfolk and Norwich Liver Group. Picture: N

The new FibroScan in use at NNUH following a donation by Norfolk and Norwich Liver Group. Picture: NNUH - Credit: Archant

Norfolk and Norwich Liver Group's generosity means the hospital has bought a third Fibroscan, boosting the number of liver-based research trials which can take place.

Over the past seven years, the group has raised a total of £205,000 towards equipment used for the early detection of liver disease.

Consultant hepatologist Dr Simon Rushbrook at NNUH following the unveiling of the FibroScan. Picture

Consultant hepatologist Dr Simon Rushbrook at NNUH following the unveiling of the FibroScan. Picture: NNUH - Credit: Archant

Dr Simon Rushbrook, a consultant hepatologist who is one of five liver specialists, said: "We'd like to thank the liver group from the bottom of our hearts for their commitment.

"The FibroScan enables us to check for liver scarring in a non-invasive way. Without the need for a biopsy, we can detect a problem before patients notice any symptoms.


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"Early identification of a liver problem can help us avoid complications or enable the patient to make lifestyle changes which can help."

Bill Dingle, chairman of the liver group and Dereham resident, added: "Liver diseases are on the increase, but thank goodness we have at this hospital a gold standard delivery of liver services."

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