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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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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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Dr. Julie Abbott
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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