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Tests to diagnose

Primary liver cancer is cancer that started in the liver. If you have cancer that has spread to the liver from somewhere else, this is not the right section for you.

Blood tests

Find out about having blood tests to diagnose liver cancer and what happens after.

Ultrasound scan

An ultrasound scan is one of the first tests you might have if you have symptoms of liver cancer. Find out about what it is, how you have it and what happens afterwards.

CT scan

Find out what a CT scan is, how you have it and what happens after it.

MRI scan

An MRI scan creates pictures using magnetism and radio waves. It can help to find out where the cancer is in your liver, how big it is and whether it has spread. Find out what an MRI scan is, how you have it and what happens afterwards.

Biopsy

A biopsy of you liver means removing a sample of liver tissue and looking at it under the microscope. Find out how you have it and what happens after it.

Laparoscopy

Laparoscopy is a small operation to look inside your tummy (abdomen). Doctors use it to look directly at your liver. This to look for any signs of cancer and try to work out how big it is and whether it has spread.

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