I had one about 2 months ago (I mistakenly refer to it as a CT scan all the time). Ultrasounds show tumors, but not liver damage or inflammation. Mine showed no tumors, but, alas, it did show gallstones! drat. Good luck with yours; it's simple, no pain or discomfort, just that cold gel on your tummy.
They can also show significant changes to liver texture & size, portal vein and spleen size. So they can rule out high damage levels, but can't diagnose lower levels of fibrosis, as can a biopsy. Remember, no eating or drinking before. And wear clean undies.
I have had several abdomial US. IF it is done with a doppler it will also show blood flows in the veins and arteries supporting the liver. Not all are done with a doppler but if yours is ordered that way it is a rather lengthy test. Like about 45 min to an hour. Dosen't hurt a bit. I think the Us tells more about actual structual damage or lack there of . The biopsy tells I think the degree of damage, the microscopic damage and kind of virus you are fighting and is considered the gold standerd for treating hep C
- to identify any anomalies in the liver/spleen/gall bladder etc
- to identify any vascular abnormalities if doppler is ordered
- to get an accurate size and position of the liver to guide the biopsy procedure.
There may be others, but that's what is on the info sheet I got when mine was done.
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