Abdominal Ultrasound

Liver [Hepatic] Ultrasound

An abdominal ultrasound uses reflected sound waves to produce a picture of the organs and other structures in the upper abdomen. Sometimes a specialized ultrasound is ordered for a detailed evaluation of a specific organ, such as a liver ultrasound. Liver [Hepatic] ultrasound is reported to have a sensitivity of 65 to 80% and specificity 87 to 94% for detecting HCC. Your medical provider’s order for the liver ultrasound should designate the purpose of screening for HCC and the test should focus on examination of the right upper quadrant region, including evaluation of the liver for any evidence of a hepatic mass. The interpretation of ultrasound is operator-dependent and can be difficult in persons who are obese or have underlying cirrhosis, particularly those with nodular cirrhosis.

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