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1. What is a Liver and Gallbladder ultrasound scan?
2. Liver complications: Common causes and symptoms
There are different types of liver diseases with different causes. Some of the most common being:
– Haemochromatosis (genetic liver disease) which is caused by a gene being inherited .
– Hepatits, which is caused by viral infections or alcohol misuse.
– Alcohol related liver disease, which is caused by alcohol misuse.
– Fatty liver disease, caused by obesity and the build of fat in the liver.
– Primary biliary cirrhosis, caused by immune system complications.
Early detection and treatment is recommended to avoid further liver damage or liver failure. However, this is difficult considering most types of liver diseases don’t cause noticeable symptoms in the initial stages of complications. If you do notice any of the following symptoms and in particular if they are persistent, please consult your doctor as soon as possible:
– Chronic fatigue
– Loss of appetite
– Loss of libido (sex drive)
– Yellowish skin and eyes (jaundice)
– Abdominal pain and swelling
– Swelling in legs and ankles
– Pale stool colour
– Nausea or vomiting
– Itchy skin
– Dark urine colour
– Bruising easily
3. Liver and Gallbadder ultrasound: What happens at my appointment?
The Liver and Gallbladder ultrasound scan is a pain free examination. Your appointment will take a maximum of 30 minutes. Here is what happens at your appointment:
1. Once you arrive, you’ll be asked asked to change in to a medical gown (if required) and to remove any jewellery, accessories and other objects which may interfere with the ultrasound scan.
2. You’ll be required to lie flat on your back on an examination table. Your doctor will then apply a water based gel to your abdomen area. The gel works alongside a handheld scanning device to create images by helping sound waves pass through the abdomen more efficiently.
3. To begin the examination, a handheld scanning device (the ultrasound transducer head which sends high frequency sound waves into the body and picks up responding signals), will be pressed against the areas of assessment, moving back and forth whilst applying mild to medium pressure in order to get clear images which will be visible in real-time on a display screen for your doctor. The procedure does not cause any discomfort.
4. Once your doctor is satisfied with the quantity and quality of images, the gel will be wiped off your skin, you can then get dressed.
5. The doctor will discuss the results of the scan with you. A specialist consultant radiologist will review and assess your scan results and provide a comprehensive medical report for you and your doctor. Following the examination the images are processed and reviewed by a Consultant Radiologist who will provide your doctor with a report. We endeavour to give both you and your GP access to your results on the same day of your scan.
You can expect the scan to last between 20-30 minutes. Please give yourself plenty of time for your appointment.
As the scan is non-invasive and non-surgical there is no aftercare or recovery requirements so you can go home immediately after your appointment.
4. Liver and Gallbadder ultrasound: Preparation for the appointment?
Please eat fat-free meals and snacks on the day of your appointment and avoid eating for 4-6 hours
before the time of your appointment.