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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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What's the minimum size of liver and/or kidney lesions (in mm) that can be detected on CT scan and ultrasound?

What's the minimum size of liver and/or kidney lesions (in mm) that can be detected on CT scan and ultrasound?

About 10mm: About 10mm, but at that size it can depend a lot on how good the study was done. (if the operators were able to get ideal positioning for image capture), the anatomy of the patient (it's harder to get enough resolution on obese patients), and it can depend on what the lesion is - if it is solid, a simple vs complex fluid, calcified, etc. Hope this helps ...Read more

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What's the difference between a liver hemangioma and liver lesion on my CT scan?

What's the difference between a liver hemangioma and liver lesion on my CT scan?

Definitions: Lesion is any abnormal mass or tumor in the liver. Does not mean cancer or benign. Hemangioma is a specific benign lesion. ...Read more

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What is this found on ct abdomen? Coarse parenchymal calcification along the falciform ligament anteriorly at the margin of the liver

What is this found on ct abdomen? Coarse parenchymal calcification along the falciform ligament anteriorly at the margin of the liver

Nothing: i call this over reading.but they have to described every thing as they see it. any way you liver apparently good. calcification of the falciform ligament has no clinical significance. discuss with your physician. ...Read more

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Spot on the liver or kidney means?

Spot on the liver or kidney means?

A cyst: A spot usually refers to a cyst which is basic abubble in the organ containing fluid. Most cysts are benign, especially if only a few are found. ...Read more

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On an ultrasound can a hemagioma give the appearance of small fatty liver infiltration?

On an ultrasound can a hemagioma give the appearance of small fatty liver infiltration?

Possibly: Most typically hemangioma appears echogenic (bright) on ultrasound. However, have seen cases where there has been abnormality on ultrasound that looks like a mass (possibly even hemangioma), that on further evaluation on mr turned out to be area of focal fatty change or area of focal fatty sparing (in the background of a fatty liver). ...Read more

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Can the scan on the abdomen detect pregnancy?

Can the scan on the abdomen detect pregnancy?

Depends: It all depends on the type of scan and the gestational age of the embryo or fetus...But remember... "scans" that use radiation such as a ct should not be used if possible while pregnant due to potentially harmful effects of radiation on the developing embryo or fetus. For this reason, essentially all centers will first screen a woman of child bearing age with a pregnancy test before ordering a ct. ...Read more

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Is clomazepam hard on the liver or kidneys?

Is clomazepam hard on the liver or kidneys?

Yes and no: As long as taken as prescribed the medication should not cause problems. You can always check the liver enzymes and kidney function to ensure no effect. ...Read more

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Would liver cirrhosis show up on an ultrasound?

Would liver cirrhosis show up on an ultrasound?

Depends: Advanced liver cirrhosis may show up on ultrasound. However, ultrasound can detect fibrosis in the liver even before the development of cirrhosis. ...Read more

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What causes hypo densities on the liver and kidneys?

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Here are some ...: Hypo-densities as revealed in US or CT or MRI usually denote a hollow space filled with either water-like fluid or fatty tissue or ... , which suggests less likely to have malignancy. But for individual situation, ask Doc timely for detailing... ...Read more

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Is multiple cysts biliary on the liver dangerous?

Is multiple cysts biliary on the liver dangerous?

Liver cysts: Most liver cysts are harmless, but a gastroenterologist or hepatologist(liver specialist) is best qualified to evaluate and advise you after reviewing your ultrasound or mri. ...Read more

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What is the ultimate imaging procedure for exact positioning and locating the carcinoid? Us scan revealed focal change of 3x5 CM in size on my liver.

What is the ultimate imaging procedure for exact positioning and locating the carcinoid? Us scan revealed focal change of 3x5 CM in size on my liver.

Octreotide Scan: An octreotide (also called sandostatin) nuclear medicine scan is often helpful in this situation. It works best when done as a combined spect/ct. If this is not available a ct or MRI of the liver may provide additional information to the us. ...Read more

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Which scan would be ideal to exam the spleen and liver. A CT scan, spleen and liver scan(nuclear), or sonogram?

Which scan would be ideal to exam the spleen and liver. A CT scan, spleen and liver scan(nuclear), or sonogram?

Depends for what: Ct is probably the best out of the ones you listed because it gives high spacial resolution and contrast. Mri would give even better contrast but this is likely not necessary. Us will show the size of each organ and any large lesions; it does not have associated radiation like ct or nuclear med scan. Nuc med scans typically used for specific purpose only, not general evaluation. ...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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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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Which parts of the stomach will the ultra sound show on the tests?

Which parts of the stomach will the ultra sound show on the tests?

Many organs: Abdominal ultrasound shows character of liver parenchyma, fatty or fibrotic; stones or sludge in gall bladder as well as wall thickening; common bile duct diameter for cholangitis or obstructing stone; tecture of pancreas for pancreatitis, enlargement of spleen; dilatation of kidneys or medical renal diseases; configuration of aorta and vena cava: bladder configuration. Tumors are often detected. ...Read more

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Is liver cancer on the rise?

Is liver cancer on the rise?

Yes: It is on the rise because more patients with hepatitis c are getting older. So the incidence of cirrhosis and liver cancer are increasing. ...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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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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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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Why not have an ultrasound instead of liver biopsy?

They both have value: Ultrasound is a good screen for some conditions like tumors or cysts. Biopsy ismore useful to confirm the suspicious diagnosis. So most patientss need both tests. ...Read more

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How accurate is a Ultrasound of the liver for finding Cirrhosis?

Ultrasound of liver: Ultrasound is a very good test to look for liver cirrhosis. This is because a liver that is scarred from whatever disease, will have a different "echotexture" than a normal liver. I would rate it's accuracy as a B+ or higher. It depends of course on the person reading the test, but alot of information can be gained from an ultrasound. It's radiation free and non-invasive. ...Read more

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Liver ultrasound says that liver enlargement by 1 cm...is it a concern?

Liver ultrasound says that liver enlargement by 1 cm...is it a concern?

No: This is almost certainly normal. I course there is the entire clinical scenario to consider, and the question is best answered by the doctor that ordered the test. ...Read more

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Ultrasound of the liver showing two frames with red color. What is this?

Impossible: to fathom a guess. Red color likely indicates a Color Doppler representation of blood flow, but no way to tell if it is normal or abnormal based on limited info given. ...Read more

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I had an ultrasound on my liver and it was perfectly normal. Can I rule out cirrhosis?

I had an ultrasound on my liver and it was perfectly normal. Can I rule out cirrhosis?

No: Cirrhosis has stages. In the early stage, it can be hard to see on any study. There are new U/S techniques that examine the elasticity of tissues. This is being tested to access cirrhosis with non invasive techniques. It is not ready for clinical diagnosis. ...Read more

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Ultrasound report says liver size normal but also indicates liver cirohsis. What does it mean?

Scarring: Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver that may result in end stage liver disease. Your doctor can run some blood tests to determine how well your liver is working. ...Read more

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What does ALT 139 mean had an ultrasound showed fatty liver no abnormalities but this has been rising for 8yrs starting to worry never normal?

See your doctor: Fatty liver changes can be a cause for abnormal liver function tests (alt, ast and others). Fatty liver changes can be due to obesity, medications, toxins, etc. It is an important medical problem that should be addressed. ...Read more

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I am a 29 yr I went to the Dr cause I have missed my last 3 monthly cycles and all they did was send me for ultrasound of gallbladder liver what next

I am a 29 yr I went to the Dr cause I have missed my last 3 monthly cycles and all they did was send me for ultrasound of gallbladder liver what next

I AM ASSUMING: THAT YOU ALSO HAD A PREGNANCY TEST?????? If NOT GET ONE NOW! (ARE YOU SURE THE ULTRASOUND WAS NOT AIMING AT YOUR PELVIC ORGANS??) ASK YOUR QUESTION AGAIN WITH MORE DETAILS! DR Z ...Read more

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The ultrasound of my liver showed that I have a fatty liver.The ultrasound also showed a non specific area near my gallbladder. whats does that mean?

The ultrasound of my liver showed that I have a fatty liver.The ultrasound also showed a non specific area near my gallbladder. whats does that mean?

Non-specific: means just that, not able to be more specific. Ask the doctor who ordered the test to see what is recommended,. Fatty liver needs treatment. ...Read more

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My doctor is ordering an ultrasound of my liver -what all can an ultrasound detect?

Typically: The ultrasound will look at the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, pancreas, right kidney, and the "great vessels" (aorta and inferior vena cava). Free fluid will be evaluated in the space between the liver and right kidney and an effort will be made to see if there is fluid surrounding the right lung. ...Read more

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My abdominal ultrasound showed "fuzzy" liver, possible causes?

My abdominal ultrasound showed "fuzzy" liver, possible causes?

Ultrasound: Not at all sure, 'fuzzy' is not a typical ultrasound descriptor! What is the terminology used in the report? ...Read more

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Abdominal ultrasound showed "fuzzy" liver, what are the possible causes?

Abdominal ultrasound showed "fuzzy" liver, what are the possible causes?

Probably fatty liver: Fuzzy probably means a fatty or cirrhotic liver. The diagnosis can be refined by correlating with your body weight, medication use, blood liver function tests, viral hepatitis exposure and alcohol use among other things. ...Read more

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What does an ultrasound of the liver detect? Can it detect cirrhosis or scarring?

What does an ultrasound of the liver detect? Can it detect cirrhosis or scarring?

Ultrasound: Ultrasound of the liver can diagnose changes in the consistency of the liver tissue. It is very good at diagnosing masses and it evaluating the gallbladder. It is less good at definitively diagnosing scarring or cirrhosis, but it certainly can give indications of change in the liver with those conditions are present. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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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