A new scanner that can pick up signs of liver illness and scarring in minutes has been introduced at Frenchay Hospital, Bristol.
The procedure means more patients can be seen in a week
Until now a biopsy was needed which was painful for the patient and risked damage to the organ.
The fibro scanner offers a painless and non-invasive test that works in a similar way to ultrasound.
It was partially paid for using a donation of £30,000 from the Friends of Frenchay Hospital.
Dr Robert Przemioslo, consultant in gastroenterology, said: "The fibro scanner really is an incredible breakthrough in helping us to diagnose liver illness quickly and painlessly using a non-invasive technique.
"It works by using sound waves that pass through the liver - the slower the sound waves travel, the healthier the liver.
"It gives us a computer-generated image and a readout that tells us exactly what the damage is. The procedure takes minutes so we can see many more patients a week," he said.
North Bristol NHS Trust said the scanner would have a positive effect on waiting lists although some patients would have conditions that would still require a traditional biopsy.