Abdominal Ultrasound Scans

Abdominal ultrasound scans can be done to look at the organs and blood vessels in the abdomen. The most common reason to have an abdominal ultrasound scan is to find a cause for abdominal pain, however you may have an abdominal ultrasound scan if you have other symptoms or if your doctor is concerned about the results of other tests, for example blood test results.  The organs that are included in an abdominal ultrasound scan are:

  • Liver
  • Kidneys
  • Pancreas
  • Gall Bladder
  • Spleen
  • Abdominal Aorta

There are many medical problems that can be seen using an ultrasound scan.
These include:

  • Gallstones in the gall bladder and the kidneys
  • Aneurysm in the aorta (widening of the aortic artery)
  • Masses and fat in the liver
  • Cysts and tumours in the abdominal organs
  • Enlarged organs

How should I prepare?

Preparation for the ultrasound scan varies depending on which organs the Radiologist or Sonographer want to examine. At the time of the booking we will provide you with the correct preparation based on the type of ultrasound scan you need.

What will happen during the examination?

During the ultrasound scan the sonographer will place a warm water-based gel on the area to be examined, and will then press firmly on the skin with an ultrasound probe, moving it around until they have obtained the desired images. The ultrasound scan has no known risks and is usually pain free. When the scan is completed the gel can be wiped off easily using tissue.