Abdominal ultrasounds are one of the most common ultrasound diagnostic examinations. Main reasons for this medical test is abdominal pain. This imaging test, therefore, provides information about what is going on inside your abdomen (often referred to as your stomach or belly). The abdomen is the part of your body that contains your stomach, large and small intestines, pancreas, liver, kidneys, spleen and gallbladder.
It contains blood vessels, including the main artery that supplies blood from your heart (aorta), the large vein that carries blood to your heart (inferior vena cava) and all of its branches, as well as muscles, and your spine.
What can be seen with the abdominal Ultrasound?
This abdominal test evaluates the following major organs within the abdomen:
What are the most common reasons for the procedure?
Abdominal ultrasounds performed on people of all ages and the most common reasons for this procedure are summarized below:
Abnormal liver function tests,
Follow up on previous findings such as cysts, gallstones, polyps, kidney stones
Abnormal Blood Tests
Tumours & Cancers
Yellow Skin (Jaundice)
How should I prepare?
For this private abdominal ultrasound scanyou are required to fast for at least 4 hours (if you are diabetic you may have a sugary supplement if needed). Clear fluids, for example, water are allowed. To find out why you need to prepare for an ultrasound scan visit this page on our blog.
What should I expect during the private abdominal scan?
Before the abdominal ultrasound, our sonographer will discuss the reasons for your scan and will explain the examination procedure.
The room will be dimly lit as to aid visual assessment of the monitor.
You will be asked to lie on the examination couch exposed part of your abdomen. A small amount of gel will be applied on your skin and a small ultrasound probe will be used to obtain images of your internal organs. You may be asked to roll onto your side, sit or even stand during the examination. During and after the examination our sonographer will explain the findings and an ultrasound report will be issued to take to your doctor.
What does the equipment look like?
Ultrasound scanners consist of a console containing a computer and electronics, a video display screen and a transducer that is used to do the scanning. The transducer is a small hand-held device that resembles a microphone, attached to the scanner by a cord. Some exams may use different transducers (with different capabilities) during a single exam. The transducer sends out high-frequency sound waves (that the human ear cannot hear) into the body and then listens for the returning echoes from the tissues in the body. The principles are similar to sonar used by boats and submarines.
The ultrasound image is immediately visible on a video display screen that looks like a computer or television monitor.
When will I get the results?
After the scan, the images will be examined further by the sonographer, who will then prepare a written report with any recommended actions. The report will be sent to you so that you can discuss the findings with your doctor if required.
What are the risks of an abdominal ultrasound?
There are no risks associated with the abdominal ultrasound examination. Ultrasounds do not use any radiation, which is why doctors prefer to use them to check on developing babies in pregnant women.
A sonographer, otherwise known as ultrasonographer is a highly trained and specialized healthcare professional who performs and understands medical ultrasound scans and images, will perform your Private investigation and provide you with a diagnostic report of the findings, that you can take to your doctor for continuity of care. Our sonographers will also discuss the results with you during and after your examination.
Our sonographers are advanced consultant practitioners with years of ultrasound scanning experience. They are fully qualified, registered with the HCPC, BMUS and SoR. They perform a large number of diagnostic scans every week and they are always up to day with the newest technological trends and ultrasound guidelines. You can, therefore, rest assured that your health and the health of your baby and loved ones are in good hands.
What if the results are abnormal
The sonographer will discuss the abnormal finding and will advise you as to the best course of action.
An abdominal ultrasound can indicate conditions such as:
Abdominal aortic aneurysm Abscess Appendicitis Cholecystitis - Inflammation of the gallbladder Gallstones Hydronephrosis - when the kidney does not drain properly Kidney stones Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) Splenomegaly - Spleen enlargement Portal hypertension Liver tumours Obstruction of bile ducts Cirrhosis
Specialities: MSK, Breast, Abdomen, Small Parts, Gynaecology/Obstetrics and Vascular.. Daniela Stan is a London based NHS and Private Consultant Sonographer, with more than 20 years’ experience in Healthcare. She holds a degree from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Carol Davilla, Bucharest, Romania and a Medical Doctor Licence in Family Medicine. After graduating from the Medical School Program in 1997 .. Read More
Dr Daniela Stan impressed me through her empathy, kindness, understanding and reassurance she has provided. I was very stressed before and even during my ultrasound, but everything turned out fine and...