Abdominal ultrasound is an extremely useful test for evaluation of
patients with right upper quadrant pain or abnormal liver function
tests. The terminology associated with ultrasound can be confusing.
However, a basic understanding of ultrasound’s language, uses and
limitations can eradicate confusion and greatly add to patient care.
This article details how the ultrasound can be used in commonly
encountered pathologies of the liver and biliary system.
Ultrasound is noninvasive, radiation free, readily available and cheap compared with computed tomography (CT ) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI ). Limitations include its operator dependent nature and suboptimal imaging in many obese patients and in patients with interposed bowel gas.
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