Liver ultrasound is a painless procedure that allows a doctor to look at images of your liver and surrounding areas. It works by using sound waves instead of X-rays to show images, which can be read immediately. Gel is applied to the skin after which an ultrasound probe is usually moved over it, giving immediate images on a screen. No preparation is necessary, the procedure usually takes around 15 minutes and you will be able to return home immediately afterwards.
As well as diagnosing conditions of the liver, ultrasound is sometimes used to help doctors carry out a liver biopsy or other surgical procedures, by providing clear images so they can identify the precise point of entry and area to be treated.
To arrange a liver ultrasound please contact The Princess Grace Hospital, Liver, Bile Duct and Pancreas Unit