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Liver Ultrasound Scan

Liver Ultrasound Scan
Price : £165
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    Preparation:
  • six hour fasting required beforehand.

Liver ultrasound scan provides a comprehensive examination that includes a detailed assessment of the biliary ducts of the liver and the vasculature of the gallbladder and liver.

The images aid in diagnosing various conditions, such as:

  • – Fatty Liver (Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease – NAFLD)
  • – Liver Cirrhosis
  • – Liver Tumors or Masses
  • – Elevated Liver Enzymes
  • – Blood Flow Assessment
  • – Liver Enlargement

 

A liver ultrasound scan serves various purposes, including:

  • – Evaluation of Liver or Spleen Enlargement:
  • Assessing and diagnosing enlargement of the liver or spleen.
  • – Abdominal Pain or Discomfort:
  • Individuals experiencing unexplained abdominal pain, particularly in the upper right side, may undergo a liver ultrasound to investigate potential liver-related causes.
  • – Jaundice:
  • Jaundice, characterized by yellowing of the skin and eyes, may prompt a liver ultrasound to assess the liver’s structure and identify conditions such as hepatitis or bile duct obstruction.
  • – Monitoring Chronic Liver Conditions:
  • Individuals with chronic liver conditions, such as viral hepatitis or autoimmune liver diseases, may undergo periodic liver ultrasound scans to monitor disease progression and assess overall liver health.
  • – Gallbladder Issues:
  • Since the liver and gallbladder are interconnected, a liver ultrasound may be performed to assess both organs, especially when investigating gallstones or gallbladder inflammation.
  • – Assessment After Abdominal Trauma:
  • Following abdominal trauma, a liver ultrasound can be recommended to assess the health of the liver and surrounding structures, checking for injuries or complications.
  • – Unexplained Weight Loss:
  • Unexplained weight loss, often associated with liver conditions, may prompt a liver ultrasound to investigate potential liver abnormalities contributing to the weight loss.
  • – Alcohol-Related Liver Disease:
  • Individuals with a history of heavy alcohol consumption may undergo a liver ultrasound to assess for alcohol-related liver diseases, such as alcoholic hepatitis

FAQs

What is the purpose of a liver ultrasound scan?

A liver ultrasound scan is performed to visualize and evaluate the liver and surrounding structures. It is commonly used to diagnose and monitor liver conditions such as fatty liver disease, cirrhosis, liver tumors, and hepatitis.

How is a liver ultrasound different from other imaging techniques, such as CT scans or MRIs?

A liver ultrasound uses sound waves to create images, while CT scans use X-rays and MRIs use magnetic fields. Ultrasound is non-invasive, does not involve ionizing radiation, and is often used for real-time imaging of the liver.

Why might a healthcare provider recommend a liver ultrasound?

A liver ultrasound may be recommended to investigate liver abnormalities detected through blood tests, assess liver damage or inflammation, detect liver tumors or cysts, and monitor the progression of liver diseases.

Is a liver ultrasound painful?

No, a liver ultrasound is generally not painful. The procedure involves applying a gel to the skin and using a handheld device (transducer) to transmit sound waves through the abdominal area. It is a non-invasive and well-tolerated imaging technique.

Can a liver ultrasound detect liver cancer?

Yes, a liver ultrasound can detect liver tumors, including both primary liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma) and metastatic tumors from other parts of the body.

Can a liver ultrasound diagnose fatty liver disease?

Yes, a liver ultrasound is often used to diagnose fatty liver disease by assessing the echogenicity (brightness) of the liver tissue. Increased echogenicity can indicate the presence of fat in the liver.

How my private ultrasound scan can accelerate proceeding my case in NHS ?

Following the private ultrasound scan in phoenix ultrasound clinic, you can expect to receive your results within 24 hours. Subsequently, you can efficiently share these results with your General Practitioner (GP) or NHS healthcare team. This streamlined process facilitates the continuation of ongoing treatments or the initiation of new ones.

When will I get the results?

You will receive your results verbally immediately after the scan. Following the appointment, the sonographer will review the images and prepare a written report within 24 hours, with any recommended actions. The report and images will be sent to you, allowing you to discuss the findings with your doctor or physiotherapist if necessary.

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