A hernia in simple terms is a hole where something protrudes through. A hernia is most commonly found between the diaphragm and the symphysis pubis. Hernias are not painful unless they strangulate but feel uncomfortable.
It is normally the intestine or fat around the intestine that protrudes through the hole and causes the lump that can be seen and felt. This lump normally pops out when abdominal pressure increases i.e when you cough or lift something heavy. The lump can be pushed in by gentling massaging it.
Many people have abdominal hernias. As much as 10% of the population develop some type of a hernia during life. More than a half million hernia operations are performed in the United States each year.
Many people can happily live with a hernia. Sometimes, however hernias might become larger and cause a medical emergency as tissue becomes trapped in the outpouching, loses its blood supply and dies.
Hernias usually occur in areas where the abdominal wall is weakened or thinner, either because the location is already weaker or is made weaker due to a previous intervention such as a surgical procedure. This weakness could be there since birth but may not cause problems until later in life.
The hernia ultrasound scan will evaluate the area of suspected hernia, for example:
No preparation is necessary for this scan.
Before the scan, our sonographer will explain the examination procedure. You will be asked to lie on the examination couch and expose the area of the suspected hernia. A small amount of gel will be applied on the area and the probe will be moved in different direction to obtain the images. You may also be asked to do whats called Valsalva to increase abdominal presure so that the hernia can pop out.
During and after the examination our sonographer will explain the findings and an ultrasound report will be issued to take away with you.
There are multiple reasons why hernis occur but the most common ones are:
Some conditions may increase the pressure against the abdominal cavity and cause a muscle to tear and a hernia to form or make a hernia worse:
Sometimes small hernias might be difficult to visualise. Diagnostic confidenec increases with high resolution ultrasound equipment.
The examination is also operator dependent. At IUS we have vast experience in examination and identification of herniae.
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Our range of ultrasound examinations includes the abdomen, pelvis, kidneys, bladder, prostate, ovary, testicle, scrotal, knee, shoulder, groin, ankle, wrist to name a few. We are also experts in pregnancy ultrasound and we regularly rotate through our hospital EPU that mainly deals with recurrent miscarriage. Our full range of scans can be viewed via the site menu.
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Diagnostic Medical ultrasound scan or medical sonography as otherwise known is a painless imaging technique utilizing sound waves to produce internal images of the body.
It is called ultrasound as the sound frequency being used is at the region of 1 to 20MHz. The human ear can't can’t hear these frequencies.
The sound waves are produced by the transducer or the probe as most commonly known. As they travel through the body they bounce back to the transducer due to various sound transmissions differences in tissues. The returning echoes are picked up by the probe and a powerful computer analyses the echoes and creates the 2d image on the screen.
There are various kinds of ultrasound scans that can be performed and each looks at different organs of the body such as tendons, muscles, joints, blood vessels, liver, kidneys, uterus, and ovaries to confirm or exclude possible pathology.
Unlike Ct and MRI, ultrasound does not use radiation and therefore is pregnancy friendly. It is also live and is ideal for musculoskeletal exams to evaluate moving joints.
IUS London specialises in diagnostic private ultrasound scans to provide you with quick diagnosis and the much-needed reassurance about your health, within a convenient location. The cost of a private ultrasound scan shouldn’t be prohibited when it comes to someone’s well-being. This is why our prices are competitive and affordable with no compromise to the level of care. The price you see is the price you pay with no hidden extras. We have hundreds of happy clients including GP’s, consultants, radiologists, and midwives to name a few. Some of our clients choose us when large, well-established ultrasound scanning companies failed them in diagnostic accuracy and especially aftercare. We offer ultrasound scan appointments via our online booking system or on the phone. We do not charge a deposit or a cancellation fee as we care more about our clients and we respect their decision to decide what is best for them without concern about the ultrasound scan deposit they already paid.