Abdominal Ultrasound

abdominal ultrasound

Abdominal ultrasounds are used to check the major organs in the abdominal cavity. These organs include the gallbladder, kidneys, liver, pancreas, and spleen. In fact, if you’re a man between the ages of 65 and 75 and smoke or used to smoke, the Mayo Clinic, recommends you have an abdominal ultrasound to check for an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

If your doctor suspects you have any one of these other conditions, an abdominal ultrasound may be needed in the near future:

  • blood clot
  • enlarged organ (such as the liver, spleen, or kidneys)
  • fluid in the abdominal cavity
  • gallstone
  • hernia
  • pancreatitis
  • kidney blockage or cancer
  • kidney stone
  • liver cancer
  • appendicitis
  • tumours
Abdominal ultrasound scan
Gall Bladder Diagnosis

Abdominal ultrasounds may also be used to help guide your doctor during certain procedures. For instance:

  • During an abdominal biopsy, your doctor may use an ultrasound to see where to place the needle to remove a small sample of tissue.
  • Ultrasounds may help your doctor drain fluid from a cyst or abscess.
  • Your doctor may use ultrasound to examine blood flow inside your abdomen.

Procedure Facts: Abdominal Ultrasound

  • Clinically suspected Cholelithiasis
  • Investigation of jaundice
  • Persistently abnormal LFT’s (not slightly elevated GGT)
  • Evaluation of mass lesions/organomegaly
  • Ascites
  • Evaluation of Pulsatile abdominal mass/abdominal bruit.

Written/faxed referral by GP or Consultant

The examining radiographer/radiologist must check the identity of the patient immediately prior to the scan.

The scan will enable the radiologist to see internal organs of the body such as the liver, bile ducts, pancreas, kidneys, spleen and aorta.

Will be explained at the time of the booking.

Clean tidy room with clean couch roll.  Ultrasound gel and gloves.

The patient is lying supine on table but may be requested to assume other position if necessary.  Patient partially covered with a couch roll as required.  Ultrasound gel is placed on the patient body and the probe is then used to scan the abdomen.  The scan time can vary from about 15-30 minutes, depending on what part of the body is being scanned.  The probe is cleaned and disinfected after the scan and before reuse.

The patient is told the scan is finished and given tissues to clean themselves and then helped down from the table.  Washing facilities are made available.  No other special aftercare  is needed.

Scan findings are communicated with the patient and the report will be faxed to the GP the next working day.

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