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I was diagnosed by ultrasound with mild fatty liver recently, then i did MRI but it showed no fats on liver ! which is the right one ?

I was diagnosed by ultrasound with mild fatty liver recently, then i did MRI but it showed no fats on liver ! which is the right one ?

Fatty Liver: If your liver blood tests are abnormal and the u/s diagnosed this then you have something wrong. If your liver enzymes are abnormal you must work on fixing this. Fatty liver can be as dangerous as infection or alcohol. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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I was prescribed a liver MRI with Eovist to follow up after an Ultrasound indicated possible liver hemangiomas. But I can find nothing online.

I was prescribed a liver MRI with Eovist to follow up after an Ultrasound indicated possible liver hemangiomas.  But I can find nothing online.

MRI with contrast: Eovist is the brand name for a gadolinium based MRI contrast agent. It helps visualize abnormalities in the liver. Here is a link describing Eovist. https://www.drugs.com/eovist.html ...Read more

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A small black spot on my liver the size of a penny was found during an ultrasound. I'm being sent for an MRI scan but am worried sick?

A small black spot on my liver the size of a penny was found during an ultrasound. I'm being sent for an MRI scan but am worried sick?

May be nothing ...: This may just be a benign area in the liver. There are several things which can develop - cysts, benign tumors (adenoma, focal nodular hyperplasia). The MRI should help tell what this may be. Liver cancer is rare if there is no cirrhosis in the liver. Hang in there. ...Read more

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Have hepatitis C dr wanted me to have liver ultrasound it showed a mass but MRI did not show anything?

Have hepatitis C dr wanted me to have liver ultrasound it showed a mass but MRI did not show anything?

Not surprised.: Patients with hep c have a significantly increased risk of liver cancer. Therefore, any suspicious mass deserves a thorough workup. Us is a convenient screening study of the liver, but of often the findings are not specific. Typically, a properly performed MRI provides a much more specific and accurate assessment of the liver. I would discuss with your md to ensure he is confident with mr results. ...Read more

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I have low copper and low curleoplasmin... would wilsons disease show in my liver on a ultrasound or on a brain mri? both normal? do i have WD?

I have low copper and low curleoplasmin... would wilsons disease show in my liver on a ultrasound or on a brain mri? both normal? do i have WD?

Wilson's disease : you don't have the diagnosis yet. There are several tests that still need to be done including a 24 hour urine copper and liver biopsy for copper quantification. There can be other reasons for the results you report. ...Read more

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In 23 y asymptoma, what is the imaging modality to do after 2 negative ultrasounds of liver, after excluding all etiology of elevated lfts, CT or mri?

In 23 y asymptoma, what is the imaging modality to do after 2 negative ultrasounds of liver, after excluding all etiology of elevated lfts, CT or mri?

Nothing if obese: Fatty liver or non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (nafld or steatohepatosis) can be diagnosed via ultrasound in overweight or obese patient. Solution is to eat right, exercise regularly, and lose weight, after which fatty liver resolves. No additional imaging is required, although either ct or MRI can be used to look for other causes. However, it's important to draw blood looking for infection. ...Read more

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Mri abd prob focal modular hyperplasia & cyst (small) on liver. If md orders ultrasound of abdomen, what will it show that the MRI didn't is us needed

Mri abd prob focal modular hyperplasia & cyst (small) on liver. If md orders ultrasound of abdomen, what will it show that the MRI didn't is us needed

See below: Us may be used to confirm the cyst if the MRI was not performed with contrast. Us does not help further characterize the focal nodular hyperplasia, although it can be used for future follow up. It may also be possible that biopsy of the "probable" focal nodular hyperplasia was recommended and us is done to see if this nodule can be seen on us for us-guided biopsy. ...Read more

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Healthy 60 year old female have had elevated liver enzymes for 20+ years, no health issues. Have had ultrasounds, mri, all that showed were liver cyst?

Healthy 60 year old female have had elevated liver enzymes for 20+ years, no health issues. Have had ultrasounds, mri, all that showed were liver cyst?

Many potential cause: Liver enzymes can go up due to hepatitis caused from one of many causes like excess of alcohol use, viral hepatitis, fatty liver in an overweight person and then some rare conditions which are familial/hereditary. Your primary care doctor can sort it all out for you.. A hepatologist is a specialist in case you wanted further advice. ...Read more

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Can ultrasound, ct scan or MRI detect cirrohsis of the liver?

Can ultrasound, ct scan or MRI detect cirrohsis of the liver?

Yes,: but sometimes the findings are not specific, and biopsy may be required if there is a question. ...Read more

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For 2 negative ultrasound in chronic elevated liver enzymes, and running away from biopsy, can an MRI help and does it need contrast? R/o NASH nafld?

Need biopsy: If your enzymes have been elevated for a long period of time, the only definitive test is a liver biopsy, performed either under ultrasound or ct. It is a relatively painless procedure, done as an outpatient, usually with local anesthetic. You should be able to go home within 2 hours. Bleeding is a potential complication, but usually self-limited if you have normal clotting. Treatment follows dx. ...Read more

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Im a 46m, Ultrasound "There is a subtle and vague hypoechoic area, 1.5 CM w/out internal vascularity in the right hepatic lobe of Liver". otherwise unremarkable. Does this sound benign? Waiting on MRI

Im a 46m, Ultrasound "There is a subtle and vague hypoechoic area, 1.5 CM w/out internal vascularity in the right hepatic lobe of Liver". otherwise unremarkable. Does this sound benign? Waiting on MRI

Not yet : It sounds like you have a great doctor who is Falloeing thru on an abnormality . I would wait for the result of the MRI and consider your ulternate bed afterwords . Which may include do nothing or a GI consultation . Enjoy the Holiday weekend . ...Read more

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Got ultrasound, mri.Found no gallbladder.Sgpt is 86.Mild steatosis on liver.Am 23.Taking hepamerz, golbi.I feel eyes heavy, weak, lost feeling.Help?

Got ultrasound, mri.Found no gallbladder.Sgpt is 86.Mild steatosis on liver.Am 23.Taking hepamerz, golbi.I feel eyes heavy, weak, lost feeling.Help?

Visit Hepatologist : Your condition may be due to many things. Please consider a visit to a hepatologist to better review your labs and symptoms as well as the benefits of your supplements. ...Read more

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Can scarring or cirrosis of liver be diagnosed by ultrasound and mri?I m scared of CT because of radiation.

Liver damage: The MRI is commonly used for soft tissue, so it can be used. Ultrasound can detect gross abnormalities also. ...Read more

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What are the chances an ultrasound, Mri/mrcp, ercp, and ct scans or imaging miss advanced liver cancer?

What are the chances an  ultrasound, Mri/mrcp, ercp, and ct scans or imaging miss advanced liver cancer?

If it is tailored: For liver mass, and technically adequate(i.e. no artifacts that might obscure anatomy), it would be nearly impossible to miss a large liver tumor. ...Read more

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Told that I need to get my abdomen xrayed now, why not ultrasound or mri?

Told that I need to get my abdomen xrayed now, why not ultrasound or mri?

What?: Sorry but this question makes no sense. What were the reasons for the suggestions for these tests? With some info we could give you a reasonable answer. Sorry. ...Read more

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If i had a Full Abdomen MRI would that make a Full Abdomen Ultrasound as part of my annual checkup pointless?

If i had a Full Abdomen MRI would that make a Full Abdomen Ultrasound as part of my annual checkup pointless?

Probably.: MRI of abdomen is very revealing. There would be very few circumstances where US would be also required. I sometimes prefer US of female pelvis after MRI. MRI could miss gall stones and renal stones. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


Dr. Andrew Berry
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Mri (Definition)

Mri or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the more recently developed imaging modalities available to physicians. It uses powerful magnets to generate images. There is no ionizing radiation which is a major advantage over many other modalities. Mri is the best imaging exam that we have for most soft tissue and joint related problems. There are radiologists ...Read more