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What are all the reasons for having a liver ultrasound?

What are all the reasons for having a liver ultrasound?

There are many: But common ones include abdominal pain (in the right upper quadrant where the gallbladder is located) or for evaluation of elevated liver enzymes. ...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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Ct scan showed 1cm cyst on liver. Gi ordered ultrasound in 6mnth. Do i need 2nd opinion to be sure just a cyst? Gi also said AFP but no reason why.

Depends: A benign liver cyst can be very straight forward to diagnose on a ct, if it is water density on ct measurement, uncomplicated with no internal septations and no enhancement. If so, the workup can stop there. If it not so clear cut , it should be correlated with us. It depends on the radiologists report. Afp is a blood test that can indicate certain types of cancers. Why ordered depends on your hx. ...Read more

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What could be a reason for gall bladder swelling seen via ultra sound in an advanced liver cancer patient?

What could be a reason for gall bladder swelling seen via ultra sound in an advanced liver cancer patient?

It can be Cancer: The liver tumors may be due to Cancer of the gall bladder which often spreads into the liver unless it is treated, removed early. ACT scan can often show whether the Gall bladder is normal or if it is deformed due to cancer arising in the Gall bladder. ...Read more

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I had my first mammogram and they called me back for an ultrasound. What could be the reason?

I had my first mammogram and they called me back for an ultrasound. What could be the reason?

Very common: Ultrasound is often used to evaluate densities seen on a mammogram. Most often a round density on a mammogram is a benign cyst or benign breast tumor called a fibroadenoma. If the ultrasound suggests an alternative diagnosis it can be used to guide biopsy. Basically it is a second test used to provide additional information. ...Read more

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What would be a reason for high creatinine and low GFR for the last 6 work up. I had an ultrasound and it was normal.

What would be a reason for high creatinine and low GFR for the last 6 work up. I had an ultrasound and it was normal.

Many causes: Acute kidney injury or aki can be caused by dehydration, cardiac dysfunction, drugs, autoimmune diseases, radiographic contrast, and a host of other things. ...Read more

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Are ultrasounds good for checking liver?

Are ultrasounds good for checking liver?

Liver and Ultrsound: Diffuse liver disease is becoming more prevalent and there is a strong clinical need for noninvasive detection.• Portal hypertension can be best diagnosed by demonstrating porto-systemic collateral venous flow.• B-mode US is the principal US technique supplemented by portal system Doppler. • B-mode US is relied upon in Hepato Cell Carcinoma surveillance. US Is very good for diagnosis of liver di ...Read more

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What could show up on a liver ultrasound?

What could show up on a liver ultrasound?

Lots of things: Ultrasound is a good way to image the liver for problems without using x-rays. Things that ultrasound picks up include gall bladder problems, masses in the liver, fluid around the liver, and problems with blood flow. It is most commonly used for problems with the gall bladder and biliary tree. ...Read more

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What can ultrasound of the liver be looking for?

Liver: Tumors, dilated bile ducts, liver enlargement, and, as the gallbladder is also there, a look for gallstones. ...Read more

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What can I do to get a low-cost liver ultrasound?

See below: I don't know what your range for low cost is. I liver ultrasound is probably a few hundred dollars (probably around $300). Some imaging centers have competitive cash options, ie, non-insurance rates. You may want to call a few places near you to check. ...Read more

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What is granular pattern in the liver means in ultrasound results?

What is granular pattern in the liver means in ultrasound results?

Coarse appearance?: Granular may mean a coarse appearance, instead of a smooth appearance; or an appearance containing little irregularities rather than a homogenous even appearance. The doctor can review the entire report and the summary findings with the patient, to see if there is concern of cirrhosis, fatty liver, or some other disorder. ...Read more

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Ultrasound says liver measures 15.7 CM in length, is that normal size?

Ultrasound says liver measures 15.7 CM in length, is that normal size?

Fatty liver: Lose weight if overweight, cut out alcohol if using; cut out simple sugars, starches, decrease fat in diet. Get followed up. Sometimes, fatty liver leads to chronic inflammation, even scarring in the liver. Check meds with doc. Can be reversible, but needs diligence and follow up. ...Read more

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I am supposed to have an ultrasound on my liver tomorrow why do i need to fast before the test?

I am supposed to have an ultrasound on my liver tomorrow why do i need to fast before the test?

Bowel contents: Eating before a liver ultrasound can increase food/gas content in your intestines which could interfere with the images. ...Read more

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I have off and on pain right under liver area for months now. Ultrasound done 4 months ago was ok. What could it be?

I have off and on pain right under liver area for months now. Ultrasound done 4 months ago was ok. What could it be?

GallBladder?: Hi, Thank you for your question. It is possible you could have an issue with your gall bladder. You should have labs done to determine this. Hope that helps..contact me if you have any other questions :-) Dr. M ...Read more

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How big should a 5 9 1/2 tall man's liver be in length? Mine is 16.7 cm on ultrasound, which states it is enlarged, but what is normal for my height?

How big should a 5 9 1/2 tall man's liver be in length? Mine is 16.7 cm on ultrasound, which states it is enlarged, but what is normal for my height?

That would be: a borderline length, but generally the length alone is not sufficient to determine whether the liver is abnormally enlarged, because there are normal anatomic variations in which the right lobe of the liver is elongated. ...Read more

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Ultrasound one year ago said diffuse fatty infiltration of the liver, now it says fatty infiltration of the liver with focal fatty sparring, meaning?

Ultrasound one year ago said diffuse fatty infiltration of the liver, now it says fatty infiltration of the liver with focal fatty sparring, meaning?

Inflammation: or irritation which may be from several causes, the two most common reasons would be elevated cholesterol/triglycerides and alcohol abuse. If you consume alcohol, stop for 1 month and repeat exam. I also suggest fasting blood tests for cholesterol, triglycerides and hepatitis. ...Read more

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I feel nauseous all the time the last year and doctors can't find any reason it's not my gallbladder and nothing showed up in an ultrasound or tests?

I feel nauseous all the time  the last year and doctors can't find any reason it's not my gallbladder and nothing showed up in an ultrasound or tests?

I'd like 2 know more: Regarding the specific nature of the tests that have been done to examine your nausea. Where have you sought opinions? Did you have weight loss with this? Do you have risk factors like diabetes? Headaches? Actual vomiting? Relieved or worsened by food? What specific imaging tests? Biopsies of your stomach? There are a litany of concerns and questions. May I suggest you consider Mayo Clinic 2nd op? ...Read more

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What can spots liver mean on ultrasound?

What can spots liver mean on ultrasound?

Depends: Spots in the liver detected by ultrasound are usually further characterized as anechoic, hyper-echoic, calcific, fluid filled or solid. These additional descriptive terms can help better identify the 'spots'...These areas could be cycts, benign growths, malignant growths, scars, nemangiomas or abcesses as some possibilities. Sometimes additional tests are need to figure this out. ...Read more

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Does kidney and liver problem can be seen in an ultrasound ?

Does kidney  and liver problem can be seen in an ultrasound ?

Some can: SONO gives info about size, shape, consistency, e.g. fat, scar, stones, cysts ( fluid filled), solid masses (depends on size). No radoation, good screening test. May lead to CT, MRI, other evaluation (or not). ...Read more

Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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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