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Upper Abdominal and liver 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 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 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.
What can an abdominal scan detect?
The Abdominal ultrasound scan will detect and abnormality with your:
- Biliary system
The reasons for having an abdominal and liver ultrasound scan:
- Abdominal pain
- Abdominal bloating
- Loin/kidney pain
- Abnormal liver function tests,
- Fatty liver
- Abnormal renal function
- Follow up on previous findings such as cysts, gallstones, polyps, kidney stones
- Abnormal Blood Tests
- Tumours & Cancers
- Liver Cirrhosis
- Yellow Skin (Jaundice)
Preparation for this private liver scan:
For this private ultrasound scan you are required to fast for at least 6 hours (if you are diabetic you may have a sugary supplement if needed). Clear fluids, for example, water are allowed. To find out why you need to prepare for an ultrasound scan visit this page on our blog.
What should I expect during the abdominal scan?
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.
Private Abdominal Ultrasound Scans in London
Sonoworld provides competitively priced private ultrasound scans in London so that you can achieve early diagnosis without the long NHS waiting lists.
We are able to offer you:
- Same day ultrasound scan appointments.
- Easy to use online scan booking service where you can choose the best time and day suitable to you.
- Same time ultrasound scan report to take with you to your GP.
- Convenient central London location (Regents Park and Great Portland Street tube stations)
- Direct line to our Sonographers to answer any questions and not a call centre.
- You can take control of your health with our competitively priced private ultrasound scan examinations.
About Ultrasound Scanning
Ultrasound scanning 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.
Who interprets the results and how do I get them?
Your private abdominal scan will be performed and interpreted by one of four consultant Sonographers. Sonographers are specialist trained to perform the ultrasound scans and understand the ultrasound images. Our sonographers have more than 10 years experience in the field of medical ultrasound and therefore you can rest assure that you are in good hands.
What are the benefits and risks of the abdominal ultrasound examination?
- 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.
- There are no harmful effects on humans related to ultrasound examinations.
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.
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.
We have years of experience in medical ultrasound. Experience gained working for flagship NHS trusts alongside leaders in the field of diagnostic medical imaging including general ultrasound, urology, musculoskeletal, gynaecology, pelvis, testicular and vascular examinations. You can, therefore, be assured that your health is in good hands.
We have thousands of happy clients and five-star reviews on independent websites.
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 at Sonoworld will get the best ultrasound service with no compromise in diagnostic accuracy or the level of service. We do not charge a deposit or a cancellation fee as we care more about our clients and we respect their decision to decide what is best for them without concern about the ultrasound scan deposit they already paid.
Looking for a Private Abdominal Ultrasound Scan in London?
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 location next to 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.
How much are the private abdominal ultrasound scans?
The price you’ll pay for a private ultrasound scan will depend on the type of scan you want an appointment for. Our prices are competitive starting from as low as £99. There are no hidden extras and the price you see is the price you pay.
Book an abdominal scan Appointment
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 you can not find a suitable ultrasound scan appointment please contact us via e-mail or phone.
We offer the widest Range of ultrasound scans in London.
We offer a full range of private ultrasound scans for women such as:
Upper and lower abdominal scans
Kidneys, ureters & bladder scans
Our range of private ultrasound scans for men include:
Testicular ultrasound scans
Kidneys, ureters & prostate scans
We also offer musculoskeletal scans such as:
Hands and wrists scans
Ankle and Feet
Soft tissue lumps & bumps
We offer vascular ultrasound scans such as:
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
Venous insufficiency/Reflux scans