Liver and Upper Abdominal Ultrasound Scan

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Overview of the Liver and Abdominal Ultrasound Scan


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The Abdominal Ultrasound Scan

Abdominal ultrasound scan is a medical test 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.


What is the purpose of this abdominal scan?

The Liver and Upper Abdominal ultrasound scan includes the evaluation of:


Reasons for having an abdominal ultrasound:


What is included with this scan?


Preparation for this upper abdominal scan?


What should I expect during the abdominal scan?

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.


Abdominal Ultrasound Cost

We believe that ultrasound scans should be affordable and the cost should not be a limiting factor on your decision of getting faster diagnosis and better treatment. You will therefore find the price of our abdominal ultrasound below suprisingly affordable.




Price of private abdominal scan: £109.00


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Who interprets the results and how do I get them?

Our Sonographer, a Health Care Professional  specifically trained to perform and understand the ultrasound images, will do your exam and provide you with a written report that you can take it your your doctor.  Our sonographers will also discuss the results with you during and after your examination.

It is very common that sometimes when you leave you remember of a question that you forgot to ask, so please don't hesitate to contact us either via phone or e-mail and we will do our best to answer your question.

What are the benefits and risks of the abdominal ultrasound examination?



What are the limitations of Abdominal Ultrasound Imaging?

 Ultrasound does not travel well in bowel or gas so you can not fully evaluate abdominal organs such as stomach and bowel or organs obscured by bowel.

It can also be hard to fully visualise internal anatomy of large patients as the sound has further to travel and therefore the returning echoes are weaker.

Why choose us for your private abdominal ultrasound scan?

We are conveniently located in the heart of London, just a few minutes’ walk from Notting Hill Gate station, in a cobbled cul-de-sac off Kensington Mall in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. 
We offer same day and emergency after hours and weekend appointments in a clean and caring environment, to suit your needs.

Unlike some of our competitors we provide you with a report while you wait to fast track any potential treatment. 

We have years of experience in medical ultrasound. Experience gained working for flagship NHS trusts alongside leaders in the field of diagnostic medical imaging including general ultrasound, urology, musculoskeletal, gynaecology, pelvis, testicular and vascular examinations. You can, therefore be assured that your health is in good hands.

Our range of ultrasound examinations include 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. 
Our competitively priced private ultrasound scan services and personalised service is second to none and this is the reason our clients recommend us to friends and family. 

About Ultrasound

Diagnostic Medical ultrasound scan or medical sonography as otherwise known is a painless imaging technique utilising 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 cant 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 musculo-skeletal exams to evaluate moving joints.

Looking for an abdominal ultrasound scan in London?

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 wellbeing. 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. 

Emergency Abdominal Ultrasound Scan Service

Our ultrasound scan clinic in London now offers emergency on-call ultrasound services.
We understand that health problems can arise any time of day and night. The NHS does not always compliment their physical examination with an emergency ultrasound scan due to availability of equipment and staff.
If you were to require an emergency ultrasound scan, whether it be late evening during weekends and Saturdays or all day Sunday then please call 07539 290816 in order to see our availability and arrange a convenient time. Please see our emergency ultrasound scan page for more information.




Things you might want to know

These are some of the most frequent questions our clients ask about abdominal ultrasound scans:.

Abdominal ultrasound is a type of imaging test. It is used to examine organs in the abdomen including the liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, and kidneys. The blood vessels that lead to some of these organs can also be looked at with ultrasound.

Ultrasound is used to create images of soft tissue structures, such as the gallbladder, liver, kidneys, pancreas, bladder, and other organs and parts of the body. Ultrasound can also measure the flow of blood in the arteries to detect blockages. Ultrasound scans are safe and easy to perform.
You'll need to fast for at least 4 hours before your abdominal ultrasound scan. Food and liquids in your stomach can make it difficult to get a clear picture.
Yes ultrasound can detect liver cancer or more specific a liver mass. Further imaging tests however will be required to be certain of the kind of the liver mass and the extend of the infiltration of the cancer to the host. Abdominal ultrasound is in most cases the first imaging test to assist in the detection of liver cancer. This is because its readily available and does not use radiation.
Ultrasound is the first imaging test in detection of gallbladder abnormalities and specialy gallstones.



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