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Understanding Your Diagnosis

  • Common Liver Tests

    Detailed information on the most common liver function tests, including serum bilirubin test, serum albumin test, serum alkaline phosphatase test, serum aminotransferases, prothrombin time test, alanine transaminase test, aspartate transaminase test, gamm

  • Abdominal Ultrasound

    An abdominal ultrasound is a procedure used to assess the organs and structures within the abdomen (belly). This includes the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, bile ducts, spleen, kidneys, and abdominal aorta. Ultrasound allows your healthcare provider to easily view the abdominal organs and structures from outside the body. Ultrasound may also be used to assess blood flow to abdominal organs.

  • CT Scan of the Liver and Biliary Tract

    CT scan is a type of imaging test. It uses X-rays and computer technology to make images or slices of the body. A CT scan can make detailed pictures of any part of the body, including the bones, muscles, fat, organs, and blood vessels. They are more detailed than regular X-rays.

  • Liver Biopsy

    A liver biopsy is a test used to diagnose liver conditions. Tissue samples are removed from your liver and checked under a microscope for signs of damage or disease.

  • Liver Scan

    A liver scan is an imaging test to look at your liver and see how well it is working. This test may also be called a liver-spleen scan because the healthcare provider often looks at the spleen at the same time.

  • Liver Cancer: Newly Diagnosed

    Being told you have liver cancer can be scary, and you may have many questions. But you have people on your healthcare team to help.

  • Liver Cancer: Diagnosis

    If your healthcare provider thinks you might have liver cancer, you will need certain exams and tests to be sure. These may include blood tests, imaging tests, and a liver biopsy.

  • Liver Cancer: Tests After Diagnosis

    After a diagnosis of liver cancer, you’ll likely have other tests. These tests help your healthcare providers learn more about your cancer.

  • Liver Cancer: Stages

    The stage of a cancer is how much and how far the cancer has spread in your body. Your healthcare provider uses exams and tests to find out the size of the cancer and where it is.

  • Liver Cancer: Your Chances for Recovery (Prognosis)

    The 5-year survival rate for liver cancer tends to be better if the cancer is found and treated at an earlier stage. Learn the 5-year survival rates for liver cancer.