General Abdominal Scan
- 30 minute appointment
- This scan is available to men and women from the age of 16 years.
Abdominal ultrasounds use sound waves to produce images of structures and blood flow in the abdomen. The ultrasound images which are created are a useful way of examining organs, tissues, blood vessels and other structures within the abdomen.
Purpose of an abdominal ultrasound
In the abdomen there are several major organs which include the:
• Large and small intestine
Undertaking an abdominal ultrasound can help to identify the problems that are occurring in any of these organs and help to detect problems such as abdominal pain, abdominal aortic aneurysm, abdominal growth including tumours, cancer, gallstones, hernia, kidney stones, liver disease and pyloric stenosis.
The procedure of an abdominal scan
Before your scan, there a few things that you need to do in preparation. These include:
• Do not eat anything 6-8 hours before your scan
• Drink only clear fluids for example, water
• Maintain routine medicine
• Remove any abdominal piercings
To perform an abdominal scan, here at Ultrasound Care we ask you to lie flat on your back on an examination table. We will then apply a gel substance to the abdominal skin. This will help sound waves pass through the abdomen more efficiently and effectively by removing small pockets of air that could interfere.
The procedure then involves the use of a transducer. It is a wand-like device that sends high-frequency waves to your body and picks up the responding signal. This device will be placed onto the abdomen and move around the area to create a better and clearer image.
Please note: The transducer may press slightly on the abdomen but the procedure itself should not feel uncomfortable.
The overall procedure should take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete. When it has finished, a report will be compiled for you, to take to your GP and follow up on.