I’ve recently had an MRI for awful ongoing mid right back pain (18mths) that goes to my shoulder, my LFTs are now in range since giving up alcohol 8mths ago however I’m B12 and folate deficient. Ultrasound on liver was normal, but I’ve still got so many symptoms, when they done the MRI they only done a spinal one, does any one know if this would still show up surrounding organs such as my liver please
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MRIs don't miss other body parts that are in its field of vision i.e its a high resolution 360 view that shows everything from all sides including detailed cross sections. However, the parameters that are set determine the scale of the scan. For example it may be set to look at a specific section of the of the lower vertebrae and therefore will not cover areas much higher up like the top of your abdomen or your chest.
Also, the images generated specifically for reporting are usually magnified around the area of concern, with other things cropped out. So although the report would always mention ANY obvious abnormalities, it may not focus too much on something not requested by the referring Dr.
Basically a scan investigating the lower lumbar and middle thoracic region could easily see the liver but you just need to double check what was asked for and thus most likely included.
Moreover, I would still be very reassured by your normal liver ultrasound...and don't fall for: "people say ultrasounds miss cirrhosis" that statement on this forum is the medical equivalent of an urban legend.
My husband has regular US to monitor his cirrhosis, they always come through just as US of abdomen.
Hey Binkie, an abdominal ultrasound would absolutely look at the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, bile ducts, spleen, etc. A full abdominal ultrasound sometimes involes you turning on your side briefly to assist the sonographer when looking at things like your pancreas (often obscured otherwise) Both moving and still images are taken and saved. The moving images can see how well blood is flowing through the livers portal vein and your abdominal aorta for example. So basically it's comprehensive and unremarkable is great!
I had an ultrasound and CT,both said cirrhosis.
Abdominal ultrasound covers all organs of the abdomen as others have said. My hubbies 6 monthly ultrasounds are also always labelled as "Ultrasound-Abdomen". You can be rest assured this covered the liver in good detail.
Hubby has been scanned some 18/20+ times now by different operatives, reported on by different doctors and never once have they reported anything other than 'coarse, dense echo texture in keeping with cirrhosis!'. Ultrasound can most definitely ID full on cirrhosis.
In medical speech unremarkable means normal
Good luck for Thursday!
Almost all the posters who don't believe the ultrasound result has ruled our cirrhosis are suffering from health anxiety and are self diagnosing.
Anythings possible but if all the basic tests (looked at together) do not indicate liver disease its fairly safe to accept that diagnosis.
How was yours diagnosed Roy?
Roy was diagnosed with cirrhosis from blood tests and US. Endoscopy showed varices. Had no obvious symptoms
That must be a shock to someone.
I had a routine bloodtest that we are offered after age 60.That showed elevated LFTs
Dr ordered an ultrasound scan that showed a course liver structure.
I then paid private for a fibroscan that proved cirrhosis with a score of 24.
I was referred to hospital and they stuck cameras up and down.
Down showed low grade varices in keeping with liver disease.
Only symptoms I have had apart from lack of energy/tiredness are probably because I am aware of having cirrhosis and I am looking/expecting to be sick.
I also paid for a full liver check with one of the UKs top Dr's who confirmed the diagnosis and by following his advice I am still symptom free 5 years later.
But as you can see from Roy's diagnosis. Every single test he had picked up on his condition. Every. single. one. To have all those and every test comes back negative means something.
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