Abdominal ultrasound scan is a test being used to evaluate the organs within the upper abdominal viscera such as liver, pancreas, gallbladder, kidneys and spleen. Ultrasound is also able to evaluate the blood flow in these organs using the colour doppler technique.
Abdominal scans are very common and the main reasons for referal is RUQ (right upper quadrant), epigastric or generalised abdominal pain. When this pain is associated with food your doctor will want to exclude the presence of gallstones.
The Abdominal ultrasound scan includes the evaluation of:
Before the ultrasound scan, our sonographer will explain the examination procedure.
You will be asked to lie on your back and expose your upper abdomen.
A small amount of water-based gel will be applied to your skin. The gel will help the transducer to make good contact with the skin. The ultrasound transducer will be placed on the body and will be moved in different directions over the area of interest to obtain the required information/ultrasound images.
There is usually no discomfort from pressure as the transducer or probe as otherwise known, is pressed against the area being examined. However, if scanning is performed over an area of tenderness, you may feel pressure or minor discomfort from the transducer.
Once the ultrasound imaging is completed, the clear ultrasound gel will be wiped off your skin. Any portions that are not wiped off will dry quickly. The ultrasound gel does not usually stain or discolor clothing.
This ultrasound examination is usually completed within 20-30 minutes. After an ultrasound examination, you should be able to resume your normal activities immediately.