Abdominal ultrasound scans are the most common ultrasound examinations as there are many organs within the abdominal viscera that can cause health problems and concerns. Upper abdominal or RUQ pain could be related to these organs, and more commonly to gallstones.
The main organs visualized with an ultrasound sonogram in the upper abdomen are the liver, the gallbladder, the pancreas, the kidneys and the spleen.
The role of the liver which is the second-largest organ in the body 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 bloodstream.
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 is part of the immune system and clears the blood of proliferating blood cells.
The cost of ultrasound scan is £164.
The Abdominal scans will detect any abnormality with your:
The most common reasons for an abdomen scan are:
For this private ultrasound imaging, you are required to fast for at least 4 hours (if you are diabetic you may have a sugary supplement if needed). You can have clear fluids, such as water. To find out why you need to prepare for an ultrasound scan visit this page on our blog.
Before the abdominal ultrasound scan, our sonographer will explain the examination procedure. You will be asked to lie on the examination couch exposed part of your abdomen. We will put a little bit of gel on your skin and a small ultrasound probe will be used to obtain images of your internal organs. During and after the examination, our sonographer will explain the findings and an ultrasound report will be issued to take away with you.
An ultrasound scan of the upper abdomen will provide information about the appearance of your liver, gallbladder, pancreas, kidneys and spleen.
This will help to diagnose or exclude a wide range of abdominal conditions normally causing pain and discomfort in the upper abdomen such as gallstones and kidneys stones.
No. Ultrasound is painless and safe. You will not have any effect from it. There are no after effects either.
Steatosis or fatty liver as otherwise known is a term that describes the build-up of fatty deposits in the liver. Having fat in your liver is normal, but if more than 5 to 10 per cent is fat, then it's called fatty liver disease. Fatty liver is a reversible condition that can be resolved with diet and exercise.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a very common disorder and refers to a group of conditions where there is an accumulation of excess fat in the liver of people who drink little or no alcohol. The most common form of NAFLD is a non-serious condition called fatty liver.
In general, if you have fatty liver, and in particular if you have NASH, you should:
•lose weight – safely. ...
•lower your triglycerides through diet, medication, or both.
•control your diabetes, if you have it.
•eat a balanced, healthy diet.
•increase your physical activity.
Ultrasound scans can detect cancer. The abdominal ultrasound scan will evaluate your liver, kidneys, pancreas, gallbladder and spleen for any abnormality. If a mass is seen with ultrasound, which could be suggestive of the existence of abdominal cancer, further imaging with CT or MRI will be necessary to confirm the existence of cancer.
The waiting time for an ultrasound scan appointment in your local NHS hospital varies, but in most cases should take place in or around six weeks. In our private scan clinic, it is possible to have a Private abdominal ultrasound scan the same or the next day.
There is inaccurate information online about the length of fasting required for an abdominal ultrasound scan. Some websites suggest 8 to 12 hours which is excessive, cruel and outdated. You only need to fast for at least four hours for an abdominal scan. You are allowed to have clear fluids such as water.
Ultrasound does not travel well in the bowel or gas, so you can not fully evaluate abdominal organs such as stomach and bowel or organs obscured by the bowel.
It can also be hard to fully visualise the internal anatomy of large patients as the sound has further to travel and therefore the returning echoes are weaker.
A sonographer, otherwise known as ultrasonographer is a highly trained and specialised healthcare professional who performs and understands medical ultrasound scans and images, will perform your Private investigation and provide you with a diagnostic report of the findings, that you can take to your doctor for continuity of care. Our sonographers will also discuss the results with you during and after your examination.
Our sonographers are advanced consultant practitioners with years of ultrasound scanning experience. They are fully qualified, registered with the HCPC, BMUS and SoR. They perform a large number of diagnostic scans every week, and they are always up to date with the newest technological trends and ultrasound guidelines. You can, therefore, rest assured that your health and the health of your baby and loved ones in good hands.
We are conveniently located in the heart of London, in Harley Street just a few minutes’ walk from Oxford Circus station..
We offer same day appointments in a clean and caring environment.
Our sonographers are advanced consultant practitioners with years of ultrasound scanning experience. They are fully qualified, registered with the HCPC, BMUS and SoR. They perform a large number of diagnostic scans every week, and they are always up today with the newest technological trends and ultrasound guidelines. You can, therefore, rest assured that your health and the health of your baby and loved ones in good hands.
We have thousands of happy clients and five-star reviews on independent websites.
Our ultrasound clinic specialises in diagnostic private ultrasound scans to provide you with quick diagnosis and the much-needed reassurance about your health, within a convenient location.
The cost of a private ultrasound scan shouldn’t be prohibited when it comes to someone’s wellbeing. This is why our prices are competitive and affordable, with no compromise to the level of care. The price you see is the price you pay, with no hidden extras. We have hundreds of happy clients including GP’s, consultants, radiologists and midwives to name a few. This is because our clients know that Sonoworld will get the best ultrasound service with no compromise in diagnostic accuracy or the level of service.
You are in the right place if you are looking for a private ultrasound scan in London. At Sonoworld Diagnostics, London, we offer an extensive range of private ultrasound scans in a convenient central London at the beginning of Harley Street.
We offer same day and out of hours private ultrasound scan appointments in days and times to suit your busy schedule.
Our consultant sonographers are very experienced in the field of medical ultrasound, so you can rest assured that your health is in good hands. We use the latest ultrasound scan diagnostic equipment to increase diagnostic accuracy. Sonoworld Diagnostics has been providing ultrasound scan services to NHS and private sector since 2012 and therefore is well established in the field of medical ultrasound.
At our ultrasound scan clinic in London, we are able to offer you ultrasound scans in a clean and comfortable environment without the wait associated with the ultrasound scans provided by the NHS.
We offer evening and weekends appointments. You can choose the most suitable time and day by visiting our online booking diary. If for any reason, however, you can not find a suitable ultrasound scan appointment, please contact us via e-mail or phone.
A liver ultrasound scan or an ultrasound scan of the abdomen is a diagnostic investigation to evaluate your liver for any abnormality. This diagnostic investigation uses ultrasound waves instead of radiation like a CT scan.
Diagnosis - Liver Cancer - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/liver-cancer/diagnosis/
Having an Upper Abdominal Ultrasound Scan - the IOW NHS - http://www.iow.nhs.uk/Downloads/Patient%20Information%20Leaflets/Diagnostic%20Imaging%20-%20Having%20an%20Upper%20Abdominal%20Ultrasound%20Scan%20v4.pdf
BMUS - ABDOMINAL / RENAL ULTRASOUND - https://www.bmus.org/abdominal-renal/
BMUS - GUIDELINES FOR PROFESSIONAL ULTRASOUND PRACTICE - https://www.bmus.org/policies-statements-guidelines/professional-guidance/guidelines-for-professional-ultrasound-practice/
SoR - Guidelines For Professional Ultrasound Practice - https://www.sor.org/sites/default/files/document-versions/ultrasound_guidance.pdf