Private Abdominal Ultrasound
Private Abdominal Scan – 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 £109
- Book Online or over the phone
- Easily accessible London location
The abdominal ultrasound is a medical test to evaluate the organs within the upper abdominal viscera such as the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, kidneys and spleen and assist in the diagnosis of any disease. Ultrasound is also able to evaluate the blood flow in these organs using the colour Doppler technique.
Abdominal imaging tests are very common and the main reasons for a referral are 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.
Reasons for having an abdominal ultrasound.
This private scan is performed to diagnose the reasons for:
- Abdominal pain
- Abdominal bloating
- Loin/kidney pain
- Abnormal liver function tests, fatty liver
- Abnormal renal function
- Follow up on previous findings such as cysts, gallstones, polyps, kidney stones
- Abnormal Blood Tests
- Tumours & Cancers
- Fatty Liver
- Liver Cirrhosis
- Yellow Skin (Jaundice)
What is the purpose of this abdominal test?
The Liver and Upper Abdominal diagnostic ultrasound includes the evaluation of:
- Biliary system
- Organ blood flow using Doppler ultrasound
What is included?
- Diagnostic report with images and if needed, a follow-up recommendation.
For this examination, 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.
What should I expect during the examination?
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.
Abdominal Ultrasound Cost
We believe that ultrasound scans in London should be affordable and the cost should not be a limiting factor on your decision of getting a faster diagnosis and better treatment. You will therefore find the price of our imaging services surprisingly affordable.
Booking an appointment is simple. We should be able to arrange an appointment at a convenient time for you. Same day appointments might also be available if you need your scan results quickly.
We will provide a full ultrasound report with your results that you will be able to share with your GP or other healthcare professionals.
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Diagnostic Medical ultrasound or medical sonography or sonogram or USG as otherwise known is a painless diagnostic 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 ultrasound waves are produced by the transducer or the probe as most commonly known. As the sound waves travel through the body, bounce back to the transducer due to various sound transmissions differences in tissues. The returning ultrasound 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. Ultrasound scan examinations are live and ideal not only for musculoskeletal exams to evaluate moving joints but also to see your baby moving.
Unlike CT and MRI, ultrasound scans do not use radiation and therefore are pregnancy friendly. Ultrasound therefore is being used in all stages of pregnancy starting from as early 5 weeks gestation age.
What are the benefits and risks of 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 do not use any ionizing radiation.
- This imaging examination gives a clear picture of soft tissues such as 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 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 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.