Abdominal ultrasounds are performed to assess the structure of organs in the abdomen. Ultrasounds can safely look for the cause of many different symptoms such as abdominal pain, lumps or swelling and to detect gallstones. The ultrasound examination can not treat the symptoms but can identify the cause so that affective treatment can be administered.
Ultrasounds are performed by specialist ultrasound staff called Sonographers.
You will be required to remove clothing from your abdominal area and, in some cases you may be required to change and wear a gown which is provided. Once in the ultrasound room the Sonographer will apply gel to your abdomen and pass a marker shaped instrument called a transducer over your abdomen. The images that this takes will appear on a screen. Once the Sonographer is satisfied with the accuracy of the images the examination is over. The images are reviewed and interpreted by a radiologist. The Radiologists report is sent electronically to your referring Doctor along with your images.
Abdominal ultrasounds show the size and shape of abdominal organs such as the liver, kidneys, spleen and more. It can also assess whether lumps and swellings require further investigation. Lumps that are symmetrical and contain fluid are usually cysts whereas lumps with solid parts may require a biopsy to determine if they are benign or malignant.
Yes. To ensure that accurate images are taken, you are required to fast for 6 hours prior to your appointment. This includes no eating, drinking, smoking or chewing gum. Please only drink small sips of water during this fast time and take medication as normal if needed. Usually this exam is performed early in the day as the build up of gas that naturally occurs in your abdomen throughout the day can make imaging suboptimal.
Yes. Ultrasound appointments are often booked-up several days in advance so it is important to book as soon as possible. Call your closest X-RAY & IMAGING practice to book your appointment.