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Tests to diagnose

There are a number of tests you might have to find out the cause of your symptoms.

Blood tests

Read about the blood tests you might have to help find out the cause of your symptoms.

Ultrasound scan

Ultrasound scans use high frequency sound waves to create a picture of a part of the body. It can show up changes in the liver.

CT scan

A CT scan uses x-rays to take detailed pictures of your body. It can show up abnormal areas in your liver. Find out how you have a CT scan.

MRI scan

An MRI scan creates pictures using magnetism and radio waves. Find out what an MRI scan is, how you have it and what happens afterwards.

Biopsy

This means removing a sample of liver tissue and looking at it under the microscope. Not everyone needs a biopsy for liver cancer. Find out how you have a biopsy.

Tests to stage

If you are diagnosed with primary liver cancer you might have more tests to find out about its size and whether it has spread.

Last reviewed: 
06 Apr 2018

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