What Are the Tests to Diagnose Liver Cancer?

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Tests and procedures used to diagnose liver cancer include:
  • Blood tests - Blood tests may reveal liver function abnormalities.
  • Imaging tests - Your doctor may recommend imaging tests, such as an ultrasound, computerized tomography (CT) scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
  • Computed tomography (CT) - A CT scan of the abdomen can help identify many types of liver tumors.
  • Ultrasound - Ultrasound is often the first test used to look at the liver.
  • Removing a sample of liver tissue for testing -  Your doctor may recommend removing a piece of liver tissue for laboratory testing in order to make a definitive diagnosis of liver cancer.
  • Angiography - Angiography can be used to show the arteries that supply blood to a liver cancer, which can help doctors decide if a cancer can be removed and to help plan the operation.
  • Bone scan - A bone scan can help look for cancer that has spread (metastasized) to bones.
If you have some of the signs and symptoms of liver cancer, your doctor will try to use the above tests and procedures to find if they are caused by liver cancer or something else. Keyword: liver cancer blood test; tests liver cancer