Fibroscan is a device that assesses the hardness of the liver. It uses ultrasound based technology that measures the velocity of a vibration wave generated on the skin to assess liver scarring and diagnose cirrhosis.
High-frequency ultrasound is used to detect problems in the liver, bile duct and other organs in the abdomen.
A procedure performed by inserting a thin needle through the abdomen into the liver and removing a sample of liver tissue to diagnose liver disease more accurately and determine its severity. A liver biopsy is used when the conditions cannot be determined by other methods.
A radioactive tracer is injected intravenously into the patient to investigate liver and bile duct functioning.
Computed Tomography (CT) Scan
A medical imaging procedure that uses x-rays and digital computer technology to detect problems in the liver, bile duct and other organs for confirmation of tumors.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Without radiation, MRI uses magnetic fields and digital computer technology to detect problems in the liver.
Radiofrequency Ablation of Liver Tumors (RFA)
An approach to treat and destroy liver cancer. Radiofrequency ablation uses heat made by radio waves to ablate small size liver cancer.
Trans Arterial Chemoembolization (TACE)
A procedure that involves the administration of chemotherapy directly to the tumor via an artery and the blocking off of the blood supply to the tumor.
Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS)
A procedure performed in which a shunt is placed between the portal and hepatic veins. A special balloon catheter is placed into the jugular vein in the neck and is connected to the portal vein to relieve portal hypertension.