Ultrasound of the liver is a method for examining the state of an organ and identifying possible deviations in its development and pathological changes.
Ultrasound of the liver is a very informative, absolutely painless and safe research method for patients. With the help of ultrasound, it is possible to reliably assess the size and structure of the liver, the state of its vessels, as well as the gallbladder, the presence of stones in the bladder and bile ducts. The informativeness of the study of liver vessels increases with the use of Doppler studies.
The study is carried out with suspicion of:
hepatitis, cirrhosis of various etiologies, their complications (for example, portal hypertension);
pathology of the biliary tract;
the appearance of liver tumors, metastases of tumors of other organs;
any other disease of this organ;
liver disease, as evidenced by:
the appearance of yellowness of the skin and mucous membranes
painful sensations in the right hypochondrium
bitterness in the mouth
Control of the treatment process, including after surgical interventions
When performing an ultrasound of the liver, the patient lies on a couch on his back, the upper abdomen is freed from clothes. A gel is applied to the abdomen to improve the conduction of the ultrasound signal. As a rule, the liver is better visualized on inspiration while holding the breath, in some cases, to improve the visibility of the organ, the ultrasound doctor may ask the patient to change position, for example, sit down or lie on the left side. The procedure itself takes about 15-20 minutes.