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What are the frequent tests used to evaluate liver cancer?

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Dr. Lance Stein
Internal Medicine - Hepatology
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In brief: Liver Cancer

For screening, it depends on the liver center/physician.
At a minimum a liver ultrasound is recommended for patients at risk for liver cancer as recommended by society guidelines. In practice, we alternate a good quality ultrasound with a CT scan or MRI of the liver every 6 months with an AFP blood test. If liver cancer is diagnosed, then a CT scan or MRI is needed to guide treatment.

In brief: Liver Cancer

For screening, it depends on the liver center/physician.
At a minimum a liver ultrasound is recommended for patients at risk for liver cancer as recommended by society guidelines. In practice, we alternate a good quality ultrasound with a CT scan or MRI of the liver every 6 months with an AFP blood test. If liver cancer is diagnosed, then a CT scan or MRI is needed to guide treatment.
Dr. Lance Stein
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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Liver Cancer

The best test is mri.
Special dyes can enhance liver cancer on mri. A triple phase CT can also be used to evaluate liver cancer. Since liver cancers are very vascular, they tend to light up on the early phase of a triple phase ct. While ultrasound is safe it is not as good at visualizing liver cancer as ct, mri. AFP is a tumor marker than can be elevated in liver cancer. This can be on followed.

In brief: Liver Cancer

The best test is mri.
Special dyes can enhance liver cancer on mri. A triple phase CT can also be used to evaluate liver cancer. Since liver cancers are very vascular, they tend to light up on the early phase of a triple phase ct. While ultrasound is safe it is not as good at visualizing liver cancer as ct, mri. AFP is a tumor marker than can be elevated in liver cancer. This can be on followed.
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