Fatty Liver on Ultrasound & Fatty Liver Images

One of the common ways to diagnose liver disorders and diseases (including fatty liver) is an abdominal ultrasound test.

Using fatty liver ultrasound, it is possible to analyze and confirm the existence or non-existence of fatty liver.

The abdominal ultrasound is a painless test that uses sound waves to produce images of your liver, and the entire process usually takes less than 15 minutes, and it is required to fast for at least 6.


For accurate results, you should avoid eating fresh fruits, fried food, milk, eggs, and bread the day before the liver ultrasound test.

How an Abdominal Ultrasound room typically looks like

fatty liver on ultrasound

You will be asked to lie on your back for this test. A special Ultrasound Gel will be rubbed on your abdomen to help send the sound waves better and produce correct liver ultrasound images. Your health-care provider will then move the ultrasound sensor around different area of your abdominal, including your liver. He may ask you to hold your breath at times and/or change positions.

The liver ultrasound pictures helps your doctor to confirm or rule out fatty liver disease, how your liver functions, and whether it’s enlarged or not. In other words, it’s a very useful tool for diagnosing a fatty liver.

Healthy Liver Ultrasound picture

Fatty Liver Images

In the liver ultrasound picture sample above, it shows a typical healthy liver, at normal size, with no signs of a liver disorder. A liver specialist would come to the conclusion that the liver is perfectly normal.

Now lets take a look of a Fatty Liver on Ultrasound

Fatty Liver Images

You can actually see fatty liver images in the ultrasound above (the black area is fat that covers the liver). Fatty Liver is a very common reason for performing an abdominal ultrasound. In fact, it’s the most common liver disease in the world so performing a fatty liver ultrasound is one of the things many people go through to diagnose the disease.

I also recommend you to read full details on liver ultrasound preparation.

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  1. Susan
    Susan says:

    Check out Dr Robert Lustig on Utube. Its not the fat it’s the sugar that gives you fatty liver disease. They told us to cut fat so the food companies cut the fat and replaced it with sugar. Sugar is toxic the research is all there. Sugar:the bitter truth watch it.

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  3. Vickie
    Vickie says:

    Hi my alt was 25 now 68.My ast was 34 now 82. Can I lower this through diet. And alkaline phoshate was 156 now 247.Please let my know what I need to do.

  4. B. Morehouse
    B. Morehouse says:

    My husband had a massive MI November 1. now he is struggling with a fatty liver. His ALT is 127 and AST 49.2 with a swollen abdomen.

    • Ice
      Ice says:

      Cuz your liver’s activity is more than normal and it could because of your fatty liver or u probably take medications and it rises your liver enzymes cuz some medications are metabolised by liver and it could rises your liver’s enzymes

    • Ice
      Ice says:

      I think it’s better to change your lifestyle …. don’t eat fatty foods. Before eat everything just check how much fat it has …. exercise as much as u can

    • Dr. Mark Bar-Gomel
      Dr. Mark Bar-Gomel says:

      Hello Roberta,

      I suggest you to retake the blood test again in 2 weeks. Only then we can be sure the AST value was only a glitch.

      Dr. Mark Bar-Gomel

  5. JoAnn
    JoAnn says:

    Blood test for my liver were as follows: AST normal range but ALT considered high at 38. Sent for a ultrasound which came back abnormal liver function test. Impression slight patch fatty infiltration of liver. No focal lesion or other abnormalities. Now he is sending me for more blood work. I have never done drugs, don’t drink alcohol, don’t smoke. Appreciate any information. Thank you! JoAnn

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