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How effective is the ultrasound at seeing small amounts of fibrosis or cirrhosis in the liver? Do radiologists get a good enough view of the liver, gallbladder, and bile ducts with this test to detect very early damage in these areas?

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Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine
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Ultrasound is the imaging study of choice for gall bladder and bile ducts, as well as for the liver. Biopsy is the gold standard for fibrosis/cirrhosis.
High resolution US is 90% sensitive and specific for the diagnosis of Cirrhosis. But it would not show early fibrosis. The Liver Fibrosis Panel (HepaScore) is a single blood test that estimates the likelihood and severity of cirrhosis.

In brief: See answer

Ultrasound is the imaging study of choice for gall bladder and bile ducts, as well as for the liver. Biopsy is the gold standard for fibrosis/cirrhosis.
High resolution US is 90% sensitive and specific for the diagnosis of Cirrhosis. But it would not show early fibrosis. The Liver Fibrosis Panel (HepaScore) is a single blood test that estimates the likelihood and severity of cirrhosis.
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