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Abdominal Ultrasound Q&A



What is an ultrasound scan on liver

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 instant of radiation like a CT scan.

Is fasting required for the abdominal ultrasound?

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 Some websites suggest 8 to 12 hours which is excessive, cruel and outdated.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.

How to book an abdominal ultrasound

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.

How much are the private abdominal scans?

It is our philosophy that private healthcare and in our case ultrasound imaging should be affordable and available to all of us as our health is the most important thing is in this world. This is why our medical scans are competitively priced with no hidden extras.

Looking for a Private Abdominal Scan in Harley Street?

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.

Looking for an abdominal ultrasound scan in London?

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. 

Why choose us for your private abdominal ultrasound scan in London?

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.  is in good hands. 

We have thousands of happy clients and five-star reviews on independent websites.

Who interprets the abdominal scan results and how do I get them?

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 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.  

About Ultrasound Scans

Ultrasound imaging is a medical diagnostic technique where sound waves are being used to image various parts of the body.
Other terms for ultrasound imaging are sonograms, US and sonography.
Ultrasound is widely used these days as it is painless and safe to adults, children and foetuses. There are no side effects such as the ones associated with radiation.
During the ultrasound scan, the sonographer rests a small probe over the skin. This probe produces sound waves i.e pulsations that travel through the tissues. Some of the sound waves are being reflected back to the transducer and the computer analyses the returning echoes and produces the image on the screen. It is the same principle as the sonar the navy uses.
Ultrasound is being used to image mostly solid organs such as liver, kidneys, uterus and ovaries, muscles and blood vessels and babies in the womb.
It has, however, limited value in organs such lungs, bone, stomach and bowel/colon.
Ultrasound images are black and white but colour Doppler is being used to evaluate organ and blood vessel blood flow and this is what the red and blue colours on the screen are.

What are the limitations of Abdominal Ultrasound Imaging?

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.

What are the benefits and risks of the abdominal ultrasound examination?

Benefits

  • Ultrasound scanning is noninvasive.
  • An ultrasound exam should not be painful.
  • Ultrasound is widely available, easy-to-use and less expensive than other imaging modalities.
  • Ultrasound imaging is extremely safe and does not use any ionizing radiation.
  • Ultrasound scanning gives a clear picture of soft tissues such as liver that does not show up well on x-rays.

Risks

  • There are no harmful effects on humans related to ultrasound examinations.

Where can I get an ultrasound scan without a doctor's referral.

In our ultrasound scan clinic in Harley Street, you can book a private scan without the need for a doctor's referral.

How long does it take to get an abdominal ultrasound?

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.

Can you see cancer in the abdomen with ultrasound?

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.

What is an ultrasound scan?

Sound travels in waves. Ultrasound is sound which travels at a higher frequency than we can hear.

Ultrasound examinations known as scans are done by building up pictures from the return of sound waves as they bounce back from any resistance they meet. The sound waves can be directed to and bounced back from the surfaces of various structures within the body to form pictures on a television screen.

The ultrasound waves are sent to and from the body by moving a hand-held sensor which is similar to a microphone over the surface of the skin of the area to be examined. Pictures, known as images are taken for doctors and senior radiographers look at them and diagnose your condition.

Ultrasound scans can be used to diagnose a variety of conditions. They are also used to guide the position of needles for injections. 

What do you do for a 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.
•avoid alcohol.
•control your diabetes, if you have it.
•eat a balanced, healthy diet.
•increase your physical activity.

What is non alcoholic fatty liver disease?

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.

What is hepatic steatosis of the liver?

Steatosis or fatty liver as otherwise known is a term that describes the buildup of fatty deposits in the liver. Having fat in your liver is normal, but if more than 5 to 10 percent is fat, then it's called fatty liver disease. Fatty liver is a reversible condition that can be resolved with diet and exercise.

Will it hurt?

No. Ultrasound is painless and safe. You will not have any effect from it. There are no after effects either.

What does an ultrasound of the abdomen show?

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.


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