How Is Liver Cancer Diagnosed?

Advanced Technology and Experience

To detect and diagnose liver cancer, we use the latest technology.


  • A liver biopsy uses a long needle inserted between two of the right lower ribs to remove a sample of liver tissue. The tissue sample goes to the lab. It’s looked at under a microscope to help diagnose you.

CT Scan

  • A Computed Tomography (CT) scan is another tool for detecting liver cancer. It uses X-rays and dyes in the veins to make pictures of structures inside the body.


  • We are one of the few providers in the region offering endoscopic ultrasound (EUS). By combining the technologies of endoscopy and ultrasound, EUS greatly improves the ability to diagnose liver cancer.

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scan

  • The PET scan uses a special camera to see organs in the body. The camera records a tracer (radioactive sugar) that is put into a vein. Cancer cells use more sugar than normal cells, so the tracer shows up in the cancer cells.

These tests help your health care team:

  • Detect cancer
  • Pinpoint its location
  • Decide what kind of cancer it is
  • Learn how far it has spread (also called staging)
  • Develop a treatment plan

This information helps the team decide on the best way to treat you.