Liver cancer is usually diagnosed via the following:

  • Blood test

  • Abdominal ultrasound

    Sound waves are used to create a picture of the liver.

  • CT scan (CAT or computer scan)

    X-ray is used to scan the liver at different angles to build a detailed picture of the size and position of the cancer.

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI or NMR scan)

    A magnet field and radio waves build a cross-sectional pictures of your body to locate and observe the cancer.

  • Angiogram

    In this test, a dye is injected into your bloodstream. The dye shows up on X-ray and reveals abnormalities in the liver's blood supply.

  • Liver biopsy

    Doctors will use a needle to take a few cells, or a small piece of tissue, from the liver which will be examined under the microscope for cancer cells.

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