Ultrasound First will perform a liver ultrasound to create images of your liver using sound waves. This non-invasive diagnostic procedure helps your doctor assess the health and condition of your liver. Here’s what you can expect during your liver ultrasound with Ultrasound First:
- Preparation: Typically, no special preparation is required for a liver ultrasound. You may be asked to fast for a few hours before the test to ensure a clearer visualization of the liver and surrounding structures.
- Procedure: You will lie down on an examination table, and a skilled sonographer from Ultrasound First will apply a clear gel to your abdomen. This gel enhances the transmission of sound waves. The sonographer will use a handheld device called a transducer.
- Transducer placement: The sonographer will gently press the transducer against your abdomen and move it around to capture different views of your liver. The transducer emits high-frequency sound waves that penetrate your body and bounce back as echoes.
- Image creation: The transducer picks up the echoes produced by the sound waves as they encounter different tissues in your liver. These echoes are converted into real-time images displayed on a monitor. The sonographer will carefully examine these images.
- Observations: The skilled sonographer from Ultrasound First will assess the size, shape, and overall appearance of your liver. They will look for any abnormalities, such as tumors, cysts, fatty liver, or signs of liver disease. They will also examine the nearby blood vessels and bile ducts for any associated issues.
- Duration: A liver ultrasound typically takes about 15 to 30 minutes to complete, depending on various factors, such as the complexity of the case or the need for additional views.
- Results: After the ultrasound, a specialized radiologist will review the images and interpret the findings. They will prepare a report and send it to your doctor. Your doctor will discuss the results with you during your appointment. The ultrasound helps your doctor make a diagnosis and develop an appropriate treatment plan, if necessary.
A liver ultrasound performed by Ultrasound First is a painless procedure and does not have any known risks or side effects. It provides valuable information about the condition of your liver, assisting your healthcare team in making informed decisions about your health.