Imaging Services Focused on Liver Disease.
Initial assessment is done with ultrasonography, which is a safe, non-invasive method to assess the liver, spleen, pancreas, kidneys and blood vessels within the abdomen. Surveillance for liver cancer is an important part of caring for patients with advanced fibrosis or cirrhosis, and ultrasounds are done every 6 months in those afflicted with this to screen for early cancer detection.
In addition, the newly FDA approved Fibroscan, which is a novel and advanced method of assessing the liver for fibrosis (scar tissue) is available at The Texas Liver Institute. This device allows us to assess how damaged the liver is without doing a biopsy. It is one of fewer than 10 in the US currently, and the only one in the state of Texas. Our technicians can perform this safe and non-invasive test in just minutes, allowing our health care team to diagnose fibrosis and cirrhosis without any needles.
The Texas Liver Institute uses the latest ultrasound imaging technology and Fibroscan Elastography for important uses such as liver cancer screening, liver biopsy guidance, and imaging the abdominal organs. These procedures have several advantages which make it ideal in numerous situations, in particular that these are procedures that are painless alternatives and non-invasive for liver diagnosis.
These procedures study the function of moving structures in real-time and eliminates ionizing radiation. The concepts of ultrasound differ from other medical imaging modalities in the fact that it is operated by the transmission and receipt of sound waves. It is very safe to use and does not appear to cause any adverse effects. It is also relatively inexpensive and quick to perform. The real time moving image obtained can be used to guide biopsy procedures. Our Board-Certified Radiologist and ultrasound technologist are committed to patient and physician satisfaction.
The Texas Liver Institute will continually work hard to improve access to these radiology imaging services by developing strong relationships with a large number of insurance and managed care providers.