Liver Ultrasound Scan
Liver Ultrasound Scan
With the help of an ultrasound we can better visualize the liver and diagnose different conditions and pathologies such as cirrhosis, liver cancer, liver lesions, liver disease, liver cyst, fatty liver, inflammation of the liver, and more. By using a high frequency transducer probe and ultrasound gel, we can clearly see the appearance and anatomy of the liver. Fatty liver as well as Cirrhosis of the liver, enlargement of the liver, liver nodules and masses, and other conditions can be diagnosed using ultrasound technology.
What is the function of the Liver?
The liver, which is located at the upper right side of the abdomen aides in the removal of harmful toxins from the body. The liver breaks down many chemicals in the blood and excretes them as bile. The Liver is also responsible for processing blood and creating nutrients for our bodies.
Why get an Ultrasound?
An ultrasound of the liver can be utilized to visualize the contour of the liver surface, to help rule out signs of Cirrhosis or Fatty Infiltration within the liver parenchyma. Patients with history of hepatitis, abnormal liver function tests, and right upper quadrant abdominal pain should get an abdominal ultrasound to rule out or screen for certain conditions. Ultrasound of the liver can help detect various liver conditions or pathologies.
Some indications for liver examination
- History of Hepatocellular conditions
- Elevated Alkaline Phosphatase
- History of excessive alcohol intake
- Elevated Alpha-Fetoprotein
- Signs of Jaundice
- Elevated Bilirubin
- Right Upper Quadrant Abdominal Pain
Liver Doppler Ultrasound: Different types of ultrasounds of the liver can be performed. Doppler Ultrasound helps visualize the vascular structures of the liver. The liver is composed of various veins and arteries that supply nutrients.
Liver Vasculature Consists of:
- 3 Hepatic Veins
- 1 Main Portal Vein
- 1 Main Hepatic Artery
Doppler liver ultrasound can help detect early signs of portal vein thrombosis, hepatic artery issues and more. Patients with a history of alcohol abuse, cirrhosis, ascites or other liver conditions can utilize Doppler ultrasound to insure overall liver function and health.
These types of testing do require that the patient be fasting for several hours prior to the test for optimal images. Fasting also helps eliminate bowl gas within the abdomen which can obscure the view of the Liver.
Benefits of having a Liver Ultrasound
Ultrasound is the safest approach when it comes to preventative and screening diagnostic imaging. Images can be obtained quickly and efficiently without worry about radiation exposure and harmful side effects.