What is an ultrasound for the liver?


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An ultrasound for the liver is the same type of abdominal ultrasound used to look at the baby in the womb of a pregnant female. A liver ultrasound requires the patient to lie on a table, have gel placed on the skin and have a wand moved over the abdomen.

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A doctor may order a liver ultrasound to perform a detailed evaluation of only the liver. Liver ultrasounds can also be used as a preventive measure to detect small tumors before they become cancerous. Liver cancer rarely has symptoms and may be difficult to detect by means of a physical exam.

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