Abdominal Scans

An ultrasound scan of the abdomen is often requested by a doctor where abdominal pain is experienced and the cause is not clear. It gives a structural view of many abdominal organs, including the liver, gall bladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, bladder, prostate gland, uterus and ovaries.

Abdominal scans / ultrasounds can be used to diagnose the following symptoms or conditions:

  1. Nausea
  2. Vomiting
  3. Bloating
  4. Heartburn
  5. Indigestion
  6. Abdominal pain
  7. Gallstones
  8. Liver damage
  9. Inflamed pancreas
  10. Kidney dysfunction
  11. Aortic aneurysm
  12. Enlarged spleen
  13. Prostate problems

The patient is asked to fast for four hours before the abdominal scan -an ultrasound of the upper abdomen i.e. liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen and kidneys.
The examination will be carried out by a qualified Sonographer. The procedure is non-invasive and painless. The Sonographer will move a transducer lubricated with gel over the area to be examined. You are welcome to ask questions during your examination.

a) Negative Scan

In general, a negative scan is good news meaning that the scan is unremarkable.

b) Positive Scan

A scan may be positive for a specific condition, for example, gallstones, which means that an abnormality or disease has been identified.

The report and conclusion usually focus on this abnormality. The results are immediate and a written report will be given to you.


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