What is an abdomen Ultrasound?

A private abdominal ultrasound scan is a diagnostic medical scan used to assess the organs and structures within the abdomen. The abdominal ultrasound scan uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the inside of the abdomen that can be used to detect a variety of conditions, including abdominal pain, gallstones, kidney stones, and liver disease. It can also be used to look at blood vessels and to check for tumours. This type of scan does not use radiation and it is therefore safe for pregnant women.

Private Abdominal Ultrasound – At a Glance

  • Diagnostic investigation of the Liver, gallbladder, pancreas, kidneys and spleen
  • Confirm pathology within the Upper Abdomen
  • General Reassurance
  • No GP referral is required
  • Same time results to take away
  • Fully qualified, experienced NHS sonographers
  • At least 4 hrs of fasting is required.
  • Same-day appointments are usually available.
  • Only £149
  • Book Online or over the phone
  • Easily accessible London location
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What are the indications for private abdomen scans?

This private scan is performed to diagnose the reasons for:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Loin/kidney pain
  • Abnormal liver function blood tests, fatty liver
  • Abnormal renal function
  • Follow up on previous findings such as cysts, gallstones, polyps, and kidney stones.
  • Abnormal Blood Tests
  • Tumours & Cancers
  • Vomiting
  • Discomfort
  • Gallstones
  • Fatty Liver
  • Liver Cirrhosis
  • Yellow Skin (Jaundice)
  • Inflammation
  • Polyps
  • Cysts

Book your Abdominal Ultrasound Examination

Use our online booking diary to choose the most suitable day and time.

Only £149

(£29 deposit is required)

What is the purpose of this abdomen scan?

The Liver and Upper Abdominal diagnostic ultrasound include the evaluation of:

  • Liver
  • Gallbladder
  • Common Bile Duct (CBD)
  • Biliary system
  • Pancreas
  • Kidneys
  • Spleen
  • Abdominal Aorta
  • Organ blood flow using Doppler ultrasound
Abdominal ultrasound image showing the liver gallbladder and part of the right kidney
Abdominal ultrasound image from our clinic in London showing a healthy liver, gallbladder and part of the right kidney.

What is included with the private ultrasound tests?

  • Diagnostic report with images and, if needed, a follow-up recommendation.

How to Prepare for the Abdominal Ultrasound scans?

For this private ultrasound scanning, you are required to fast for at least 4 hours (if you are diabetic, you may have a sugary supplement if needed). Clear fluids, for example, water, are allowed.


How to Prepare for the Private Abdominal Ultrasound scans:

The preparation for this type of procedures is to fast for at least 4 hours (if you are diabetic, you may have a sugary supplement if needed). Clear fluids, for example, water, are allowed.

What to expect during the transabdominal ultrasound imaging?

During the consultation, 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 imaging is completed, the clear gel will be wiped off your skin. Any portions that are not wiped off will dry quickly. The gel does not usually stain or discolour clothing.

This examination is usually completed within 10-20 minutes. You should be able to resume your normal activities immediately.


Patient having abdominal scan in London
A photo showing how the abdominal scan is performed.

How much does a private Abdominal Ultrasound Cost

We believe that ultrasound tests in London should be affordable, and the cost should not be a limiting factor in your decision to get a faster diagnosis and better treatment. You will therefore find the price of our imaging services surprisingly affordable.

The private abdominal ultrasound Costs: £149.00

Private abdominal ultrasound scan near me.

If you are looking for a high-quality abdominal ultrasound scan nearby and in a convenient London location, our clinic is conveniently located in the heart of London, just a few minutes’ walk from Notting Hill Gate tube station, in a cobbled cul-de-sac off Kensington Mall in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Notting Hill underground station is served by CentralCircle and District lines.

Ultrasound Clinic London

Clinic Address:

International Ultrasound Services
5a Lucerne Mews London
W8 4ED
Nearest tube: Notting Hill Gate
Tel: 0203 051 6506 or 0753 929 0816

Appointment Bookings

Monday – Friday: 9am-8pm
Saturday: 10am-1pm
Sunday: Closed

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Medical Ultrasound?

Ultrasonography or sonogram is a non-invasive, painless diagnostic technique utilising high-frequency sound waves. The sound waves that are transmitted through the skin via a transducer are bouncing back on the internal organs to produce images of the body’s internal organs and tissues such as the ovaries, gallbladder, joints and blood vessels. The images of the organs are displayed in black and white on a state-of-the-art monitor attached to the scanner. In medicine, it is commonly the first line of medical diagnosis when human body pathology is suspected due to its ability to detect abnormalities early on before they have time for symptoms and signs to appear and therefore instigate faster treatment.

Unlike X-rays, CT scans and MRI scans, ultrasounds do not use radiation and are therefore believed to be safe for the mother and the unborn baby, and this is why pregnancy scans are so popular.

Prenatal ultrasound scanning is used in all stages of pregnancy to obtain detailed images to evaluate the foetal wellbeing as well as for bonding scans called 3d,4d and 5d scans and also to identify if the baby is a boy or a girl.

It is called ultra sound as the high-frequency sound waves used are in the region of 1 to 20MHz. A sound frequency that the human ear can’t hear. The technology uses the same frequencies used by the navy sonar and by animal echolocation such as dolphins and bats. You can find more detailed information on what is an ultrasound scan page.

What are the benefits and risks of abdominal ultrasound scanning?


  • Ultrasounds are non-invasive.
  • An ultrasound exam may be occasionally temporarily uncomfortable, but it should not be painful.
  • Ultrasound is widely available, easy to use and less expensive than other imaging modalities.
  • Ultrasound is extremely safe and does not use any ionizing radiation.
  • This imaging examination gives a clear picture of soft tissues such as the liver that do not show up well on x-rays.


  • There are no known harmful effects on humans related to ultrasound scans.

What are the limitations of abdominal Ultrasound Imaging?

 Ultrasound does not travel well in the bowel or gas, so abdominal organs such as the stomach and bowel or organs obscured by the bowel can not be fully evaluated with ultrasound.

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

Private abdominal ultrasound scan near me.

Our clinic is located near the Notting Hill Gate station in London. If you are looking for a high-quality ultrasound scan nearby and in a convenient London location, we are looking forward to seeing you.

You can find more answers to your questions on the abdominal scan FAQs page.