Liver, Pancreas, Gallbladder

FibroScan

Specialized ultrasound machine for the liver.

The build-up of scar tissue is called Fibrosis. It measures fibrosis (scarring) and steatosis (fatty change) in your liver.

Fibroscan can also measure the scarring by measuring the stiffness of your liver.

The result is displayed as a number, or score, rather than a picture, which tells your doctor how much liver scarring you have.

FibroScan will help the healthcare provider learn more about your liver disease. It can be used alone or with other tests such as blood tests, imaging scans, and biopsies.

  • The scan will give your doctor more information about your liver condition and help them plan the best treatment for you.
  • The test can be done quickly and easily at your doctor’s surgery.
  • You will not need any injections or anesthetic.
  • You will be able to return home or to work.
  • Your scan will be carried out by a qualified health professional who will explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have.
  • You will be asked to lie on your back with your right arm raised above your head. A gel will be applied to your skin on the right-hand side.
  • A small hand-held sensor is then pressed on the surface of your skin. The gel allows pulsed sound waves to pass through the liver more easily. The gel is wiped off at the end of the procedure.
  • Please ensure you do not have anything to eat for 2 hours before your appointment unless you have diabetes or your GP has asked you not to fast.
  • You should also take any prescribed medication as you would normally do. You may have sips of water.

Ultrasound Abdomen and Pelvis Scan

Ultrasound machine uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of the internal structures of the human body. The Abdomen and Pelvic Ultrasound scan is done to look at the internal organs, namely, the liver, spleen, gallbladder, pancreas, kidneys, bladder, the uterus and ovaries in a woman and the prostate in a man.

You will be taken to an ultrasound suite which is dimly lit. You will have to lie down on the ultrasound couch and uncover your abdomen. Transparent gel is applied on your abdomen. A transducer connected to the scanning machine is placed on your abdomen and moved around to see the respective organs. The transducer sends sound waves into your body.

These sound waves bounce off an organ like an echo. The ‘echo’ is sent to a machine that records the results on film and on a computer. You will not hear or feel the high frequency sound waves. There may be slight discomfort from pressure as the radiologist guides the transducer over your abdomen. You will be asked to remain as still as you can and to hold your breath when the images are taken.

You need to fast for six hours prior to the scan. You will need to keep a full bladder for ultrasound of the pelvis.

It will take about 15 – 30 minutes depending on the complexity of the scan.

CT Scan Abdomen and Pelvis

Computed tomography (CT) of the abdomen and pelvis is a diagnostic imaging test used to help detect diseases of the small bowel, colon, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, kidneys, uterus, prostate and other internal organs CT scanning is fast, painless, noninvasive and accurate, performed with intravenous contrast material after the ingestion of oral contrast

You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to your exam. You may be given a gown to wear during the procedure.

Metal objects including jewelry, eyeglasses, dentures and hairpins may affect the CT images and should be left at home or removed prior to your exam.

You may also be asked to remove hearing aids and removable dental work. You may be asked not to eat or drink anything for several hours beforehand, especially if a contrast material will be used in your exam. You should inform your physician of any medications you are taking and if you have any allergies, especially to contrast materials.

Also inform your doctor of any recent illnesses or other medical conditions, and if you have a history of heart disease, asthma, diabetes, kidney disease or thyroid problems. Any of these conditions may increase the risk of an unusual adverse effect.

Women should always inform their physician or technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.

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