A magnetic resonance cholangiogram (MRC) is a test that can
help doctors look for problems in the abdomen. The image is done from outside
the body, without inserting an instrument.
Doctors can use MRC to locate
gallstones before surgery to remove the gallbladder
(laparoscopic cholecystectomy). But the test is most useful for diagnosing
complications of gallstones, such as obstruction of the bile duct, perforation
of the gallbladder, or
Describing your symptoms and medical history, along with the results of a physical exam, are usually enough to diagnose a case of cirrhosis.
Once the diagnosis has been made, your doctor may order one or more liver function tests, which will use blood samples to identify specific liver diseases and assess the organ's overall health.
It may be helpful to perform a CT scan or ultrasound to further evaluate the extent of liver disease. The doctor may also require a liver biopsy, or tissue sample,...