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Liver Ultrasound Scans-FAQ

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1. What is liver disease?

Liver disease refers to any condition that affects the liver’s function or structure, including hepatitis, fatty liver disease, cirrhosis, and liver cancer.

2. What are common symptoms of liver disease?

Symptoms may include jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), abdominal pain and swelling, chronic fatigue, nausea, vomiting, dark urine, and pale stool.

3. How is liver disease diagnosed?

Liver disease is diagnosed through a combination of medical history, physical examination, blood tests, imaging tests (like ultrasound, CT scan, MRI), and sometimes a liver biopsy.

4. What role does ultrasound play in diagnosing liver disease?

Ultrasound is a non-invasive imaging tool used to assess liver size, texture, and blood flow, detect masses or lesions, and monitor existing liver conditions.

5. How accurate is an ultrasound in detecting liver disease?

Ultrasound is highly effective for detecting structural abnormalities, such as tumors, cysts, and fatty liver disease. However, it may not be as effective for detecting early-stage liver fibrosis or certain small lesions.

6. Can liver ultrasound detect cirrhosis?

Yes, ultrasound can detect signs of cirrhosis, such as liver surface nodularity, changes in liver size, and signs of portal hypertension (e.g., splenomegaly, ascites).

7. What should I expect during a liver ultrasound scan?

You will lie on an examination table while a technician applies gel to your abdomen and moves a transducer over your liver area to capture images. The procedure is painless and usually lasts 15-30 minutes.

8. How do I prepare for a liver ultrasound scan?

Typically, you should fast for 6-8 hours before the scan to reduce intestinal gas that can obscure images. Follow your doctor’s specific instructions.

9. Are there any risks or side effects of a liver ultrasound?

Liver ultrasound is a safe, non-invasive procedure with no known risks or side effects.

10. Can an ultrasound distinguish between benign and malignant liver tumors?

While ultrasound can detect liver tumors, it may not always distinguish between benign and malignant types. Further tests, such as CT, MRI, or biopsy, are often needed.

11. How is fatty liver disease detected on ultrasound?

Fatty Liver disease appears as increased liver echogenicity (brightness) on ultrasound, indicating the presence of fat deposits within the liver tissue.

12. Can ultrasound detect liver infections?

Ultrasound can help identify liver abscesses and other signs of liver infections, but additional tests (e.g., blood tests, CT, MRI) are usually required for a definitive diagnosis.

13. How often should liver ultrasound be done for chronic liver disease monitoring?

The frequency depends on the specific condition and its severity. Your doctor will recommend a schedule based on your individual needs and risk factors.

14. What does a “normal” liver ultrasound result mean?

A normal liver ultrasound shows a liver with no detectable abnormalities in size, shape, texture, or blood flow. It suggests that the liver is functioning well without structural issues.

15. Can liver ultrasound detect liver metastasis from other cancers?

Yes, liver ultrasound can detect liver metastasis, appearing as lesions or masses different from the surrounding liver tissue. Further imaging and biopsy may be needed for confirmation.

16. What follow-up tests are recommended if an abnormality is found on liver ultrasound?

Follow-up tests may include blood tests, CT scan, MRI, liver biopsy, or other specialized imaging studies, depending on the nature of the abnormality.

17. Can ultrasound assess liver function?

Ultrasound assesses liver structure rather than function. Liver function tests (blood tests) are needed to evaluate how well the liver is working.

18. How can I reduce my risk of developing liver disease?

Maintain a healthy diet, avoid excessive alcohol consumption, get vaccinated for hepatitis A and B, practice safe sex, avoid sharing needles, and get regular check-ups if at risk.

19. Is a liver ultrasound necessary if I have no symptoms?

Your doctor may recommend a liver ultrasound if you have risk factors for liver disease (e.g., obesity, diabetes, hepatitis) even if you have no symptoms, as early detection is crucial.

20. Can liver disease be cured?

The possibility of curing liver disease depends on the type and stage. Early-stage liver disease can often be managed or reversed with lifestyle changes and treatment, while advanced stages may require more intensive interventions, such as medication, surgery, or liver transplantation.

Why Choose London Private Ultrasound?

At London Private Ultrasound, we prioritize your health and comfort. Our team of experienced radiologists and healthcare professionals are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care. Here’s why you should choose us:

  • Expert Radiologists: Our team consists of highly trained and experienced radiologists who are experts in ultrasound diagnostics.
  • State-of-the-Art Technology: We use the latest ultrasound machines to ensure the highest level of accuracy in our scans.
  • Patient-Centered Care: We focus on creating a comfortable and stress-free environment for our patients.
  • Timely Results: We understand the importance of quick diagnosis and provide fast and reliable results.
  • Convenient Location: Located in the heart of London, our clinic is easily accessible.

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