What are Liver CT Scans?

Liver CT scans can find any bleeding from the liver, liver tumors and liver diseases. A CT scan of the liver can even help determine the cause of jaundice.

A CT scan of the liver and biliary tract may be performed to assess the liver and it's related structures for tumors and other lesions, injuries, bleeding, infections, abscesses, unexplained abdominal pain, obstructions, or other conditions, particularly when another type of examination, such as x-rays, physical examination, and ultra sound is not conclusive.

A liver CT scan is often ordered by doctors to evaluate the liver for a disease. Sometimes abnormal blood lab work such as elevated liver enzymes might warrent doing a liver CT.

Tumors of the liver are well shown with a CT scan, however cysts are probably the most common spots in the liver. Inflammatory conditions of the liver such as hepatitis are not as well shown on a CT compared to other imaging.

Fatty infiltration of the liver is a common condition which can occur due to a variety of causes, to include obesity and alcohol abuse, and shows up with a quality liver CT scan. A CT scan of the liver may be used to distinguish between obstructive and nonobstructive jaundice.

Another very common use of CT scans of the liver is to provide guidance for the doctor for biopsies and/or aspiration of tissue from the liver or gallbladder.

There are many other types of CT scans. Click any of the ones listed below to find out more:

Abdominal or Abdomen CT scans
Adrenal Gland CT scans
Arm CT scans
Bile Duct CT scans
Brain CT scans
Chest (thorax) CT scans
Gallbladder CT scans
Head CT scans
Leg CT scans
Liver CT scans
Neck CT scans
Pancreas CT scans
Pelvis CT scans
Sinus CT scans
Spine CT scans
Spleen CT scans
Urinary tract CT scans

GOOD SOURCES FOR FURTHER READING: Dictionary of Medical Terms, 4th Edition, from A&C Black Publishers Ltd., Grey's Anatomy, The Classic Collector's Edition, by Henry Gray, Mayo Clinic Family Health Book, Second Edition by Mayo Clinic, Howard Gallager, Mayo Foundation, Women's Health, Men's Health and Health for Seniors all by Professor Peter Abrahams, the National Cancer Institute, the American Medical Association, the National Medical Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Radiology.

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