Liver Screening

Health written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) when she expects the FibroScan test for liver stiffness to be available in the NHS;

(2) what assessment has been made of (a) the efficacy and (b) the cost-effectiveness of the FibroScan test for liver stiffness.

Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Minister of State (Department of Health) (Public Health)

We understand that FibroScan machines are already available for national health service organisations to purchase, should they decide to do so. The NHS Health Technology Assessment Programme (www.hta.nhsweb.nhs.uk) is considering commissioning a review of research literature on the effectiveness of different methods of assessing degree of liver fibrosis.

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