• Ultrasound scan
In this technique, sound waves travel into the body and the echoes are picked up and used to build a black and white picture of the condition of the liver. They’re often used to check the condition of the bile ducts and gall bladder. Scarring such as fibrosis is difficult to see, but fatty deposits show up as bright white areas. It may also be possible to see if your liver is enlarged or misshapen.
• Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging
These imaging tests may be used to gain a more detailed picture of the liver. Computed tomography (CT) uses X-ray equipment to show cross sections or ‘slices’ of your tissue and organs. Sometimes, CT scans are used by doctors to help guide entrance sites for biopsies.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a tube scanner that creates powerful magnetic fields to provide a more detailed view of your organs and tissues than a CT scan. MRI is a useful tool for investigating tumors both before and after treatment.