Abdominal ultrasound scans are the most common ultrasound examinations as there are many organs within the abdominal viscera. The main organs visualised with ultrasound in the upper abdomen are: the liver, the gallbladder, the pancreas, the kidneys and the spleen. Upper abdominal or RUQ pain could be related to these organs and sometimes the stomach.
The liver which is the second largest organ in the body. The role of the liver is to process nutrients absorbed by the bowel, fight infections, remove toxins from the body such as alcohol, control cholesterol and release bile to name a few. The gallbladder which is a pear shape sack that stores the bile produced from the liver and releases it via the biliary tract when we need to break down the fat. Stones within the gallbladder called gallstones can cause pain and indigestion.
The pancreas is responsible for producing insulin and regulate the blood sugar in the blood stream.The kidneys are responsible for filtering the toxins from the blood and also regulate the blood pressure. Kidney stones are very common and can cause pain and sometimes obstruction that can be manifested with blood in urine. The spleen which is part of the immune system and clears the blood of proliferating blood cells.
The main reasons for abdominal scans is abdominal pain or RUQ pain that sometimes can be associated with food and in most cases is related to gallstones.
The main reasons for abdominal scans is abdominal pain that sometimes can be associated with food and in most cases is related to gallstones.
The Pelvic Ultrasound Scan
Gynaecological problems such as heavy bleeding, painful periods or sex and generalised pelvic pain are very common and affect all age groups. Pelvic ultrasound scans are regularly deployed to identify any causes of these symptoms such as uterine polyps, fibroids, ovarian cysts. There are two kinds of pelvic ultrasound scans the transabdominal or supra-pubic (through the bladder) and the transvaginal.(through the vagina).
There is a bit of conflict of opinions as to which scan is the best. Both ultrasound approaches are used to image the uterus and the ovaries for any abnormality. They both give useful information that can be combined for the best diagnostic outcome. Sometimes the transabdominal image quality is so good that there is absolutely no need to invade your privacy. In our ultrasound clinic we use them as complimentary to each other.
The Urinary Tract Ultrasound Scan
Urinary tract or water works problems are very common affecting both sexes. Kidney stones can cause immerse pain and blood in the urine. Kidney stones can cause pain and also stop the kidneys from draining in the bladder by blocking the ureters resulting in what is called hydronephrosis. If renal hydronephrosis is left untreated can result in scaring and other significant problems with your kidneys. Bladder problems are also very common. In men, bladder problems can be associated with enlarged prostate. In women can be amongst other causes, result of uterine fibroids that press on the bladder. In ideal circumstances diagnosis and proper treatment/management of the symptoms should be accomplished as soon as possible but the long NHS waiting lists can cause unnecessary pain and distress. This why our clients take control of their health and choose a private ultrasound scan with us.