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1. What is an Abdominal Ultrasound scan?
The abdomen can be the source of various health problems ranging from inflammation to cancerous growths. An abdominal ultrasound scan will help you find any existing or potential health problems and support your doctor to diagnose you and decide on the best course of action.
2. Abdominal Ultrasound: Commons causes, symptoms and when to see a doctor
Abdominal pain is common in people of all ages and often doesn’t require any treatment. However, it can also be the cause of more serious underlying health conditions. Some serious causes of abdominal pain include:
– Stomach virus
– Obstruction or blockage
– Intestinal disorders
– Inflammation (due to appendicitis or pancreatitis)
– Kidney stones or gallstones
– Liver disease
– Abnormal growths (lumps and masses)
There are other less serious, but common causes:
– Gastroenteritis (stomach flu)
– Acid reflux
Symptoms and when to see a doctor
Abdominal pain is relatively common and most won’t be severe and will go away with little or no treatment. If, however, you have a pain which doesn’t feel like a regular ‘tummy ache’ and you have the following symptoms, you should consult a doctor as soon as possible.
– A consistent pain in a certain spot
– Sharp, persistent, frequently returning or worsening pain
– A mild or dull pain which is persistent for 5-7 days
– Persistent pain and bloating for more than 48 hours
– Can’t keep food down for more than 48 hours
– Pain and diarrhoea for more than 5 days
– Pain and signs of dehydration
– Pain along with burning or a painful sensation when urinating or urinating frequently
– Little or no bowel movement along with vomiting
– Pain and sudden unexplained weight loss
– Pain and fever
– Severe, persistent pain lasting more than 24-48 hours
3. Abdominal Ultrasound: What happens at my appointment?
The abdominal ultrasound scan is a pain free examination. Your appointment will last for approximately 30
minutes. Here is what happens at your appointment:
1. Once you arrive, you’ll be asked asked to change in to a medical gown (if required) and to remove any jewellery, accessories and other objects which may interfere with the ultrasound scan.
2. You’ll be required to lie flat on your back on an examination table. Your doctor will then apply a water based gel to your abdomen area. The gel, which may feel cold, works alongside a handheld scanning device to create images by helping sound waves pass through the abdomen more efficiently.
3. To begin the examination, a handheld scanning device (the ultrasound transducer head which sends high frequency sound waves into the body and picks up responding signals), will be pressed against the areas of assessment, moving back and forth whilst applying mild to medium pressure in order to get clear images which will be visible in real-time on a display screen for your doctor. The procedure does not cause any discomfort.
4. Once your doctor is satisfied with the quantity and quality of images, the gel will be wiped off your skin, you can then get dressed.
5. The doctor will discuss the results of the scan with you. A specialist consultant radiologist will review and assess your scan results and provide a comprehensive medical report for you and your doctor.
Following the examination the images are processed and reviewed by a Consultant Radiologist who will provide your doctor with a report. We endeavour to give both you and your GP access to your results on the same day of your scan.
You can expect the scan to last between 20-30 minutes. Please give yourself plenty of time for your appointment.
As the scan is non-invasive and non-surgical there is no aftercare or recovery requirements so you can go home immediately after your appointment.
4. Do I need to take any necessary steps in preparation for the abdominal ultrasound scan?
You must avoid food for 4 hours before your appointment in preparation for the ultrasound. You are allowed to drink water, black tea and coffee, however with no milk and sugar.