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Cat scan was clear but an ultrasound showed a shadow on liver and stomach. Should I be worried? Blood work was fine.

Cat scan was clear but an ultrasound showed a shadow on liver and stomach. Should I be worried? Blood work was fine.

A "shadow" on: Ultrasound is not a specific finding and could mean almost anything. It may be normal, particularly if the CT showed no abnormality. What is the specific abnormality mentioned in the US report, if any? ...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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Hi im soon to be having an operation to remove my gallbladder as it is full of stones and making me very poorly. During an ultra sound scan a shadow was found on the tail end of my pancreas and liver. Iv only just turned 28 what could this be please?

Hi im soon to be having an operation to remove my gallbladder as it is full of stones and making me very poorly. During an ultra sound scan a shadow was found on the tail end of my pancreas and liver. Iv only just turned 28 what could this be please?

Not enough info: Without seeing the actual ultrasound or at least the ultrasound report, it would be difficult to figure out what is meant by a "shadow" in your pancreas or liver. It is possible that they could have meant that you have a stone in your bile duct, but your surgeon will be sure to check for that in the proper setting. If you have the report itself, consider a consult on HealthTap Prime or Concierge. ...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?

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 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

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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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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 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

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Can you see if your liver is starting cirrosis on a ultrasound?

See below: You can see the results of long standing end stage cirrhosis on ultrasound, but seeing "starting cirrhosis" or early cirrhosis would be tougher. You can see fatty liver and masses, as well as other things. "starting cirrhosis" not so much... ...Read more

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Can an ultrasound see difference between fatry liver and hepatitis?

Can an ultrasound see difference between fatry liver and hepatitis?

Not alone: Although ultrasound results can be interpreted to imply some underlying diagnosis they cannot be taken without a full assessment of all other results, beginning with history, physical exam and lab studies. Discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Have an ultrasound done and shows a spot on my liver what that means?

Several things: A liver spot could be benign or malignant. See your physician about the official reading from the radiologist. ...Read more

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Dark spots on liver were found during ultrasound. What does this mean?

Dark spots on liver were found during ultrasound. What does this mean?

Need to see image: Can't really give a definite answer without seeing the study. A round, solid black spot could be a cyst. You also might have seen blood vessels in cross section. Could be any number of things. What did the report say? You should just ask your doctor. ...Read more

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What causes homogeneously reduced echotexture of the liver in ultrasound?

What causes homogeneously reduced echotexture of the liver in ultrasound?

Explanation: All tests, including US, required clinical correlation. It means that Doctor, who ordered your test and know your clinical presentation can give you explanation of this finding. It may be benign accidentally finding. ...Read more

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My ultrasound showed an echogentic lesion in my liver. What does this mean?

Probably benign: Most homogeneous echogenic lesions in the liver are benign, however the actual imaging appearance including the appearance of the tissue around the lesion is important to make that claim.

A cavernous hemangioma is the most common benign diagnosis.

Get a copy of your ultrasound report and review it with your doctor. If things remain unclear, further workup and additional imaging may be needed. ...Read more

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I just got a ultrasound and it shows I got a liver slightly heterogeneous what does that mean?

I just got a ultrasound and it shows I got a liver slightly heterogeneous what does that mean?

Liver: This may represent fatty liver, cirrhosis, or infiltration by other disease processes such as cancer (which is less likely). Please follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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What if there is small (0.5cm) whitish spot in liver during ultrasound?? Everything else in norm

What if there is small (0.5cm) whitish spot in liver during ultrasound?? Everything else in norm

Nothing serious: A "spot" of this size is rarely significant especially at your age. I am wondering why the Ultrasound was ordered? ...Read more

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What does " visualized portable liver normal " on ultrasound means? Was a follow for previous (6 months ago) us which suggested fatty liver...

What does " visualized portable liver normal " on ultrasound means? Was a follow for previous (6 months ago) us which suggested fatty liver...

? typo?: It sounds like a typographical error in the dictation. It probably should read "visualized portions of the liver are normal." this should be clarified with the physician who read the study. ...Read more

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When I did ultrasound it shown liver is enlarged 22 CM homogeneous echo pattern no definite focal lesion so is my liver is ok or what I should do?

When I did ultrasound it shown liver is enlarged 22 CM homogeneous echo pattern no definite focal lesion so is my liver is ok or what I should do?

Reading report: That is the responsibility of the physician who ordered the scan. But the report as it clearly states means that there is no explanation for the liver being large on the scan. ...Read more

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Had a ultrasound, results said liver is 13.4cm and that there is somewhat heterogeneous appearance but with no definite abnormality r focal finding?

Liver ultrasound: The size is normal but Heterogeneity could be due to fatty liver. Losing weight, decrease fat intake, avoiding Alcohol, treating high triglyceride should help. ...Read more

Dr. Sheila Smith
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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