Upper Abdominal Ultrasound Scan

Abdominal pain, bloating and general discomfort are the most common indication for a general upper abdominal ultrasound scan. However, your doctor may also refer you because you have had an slightly abnormal blood test result as part of general routine check-up, usually called a LFT blood test or liver function test.

Other reasons are for a past history or previous slightly abnormal scan which requires follow-up imaging to see if the body is responding to treatment.

An abdominal ultrasound produces a picture of the organs and other structures in the upper abdomen.

What do we check for on the upper abdominal scan?

The upper abdominal scan is performed trans-abdominally and you will be require to fast from eating for 6 hours prior to your appointment time.

Liver & Right Kidney

Liver & Right Kidney

The scan will evaluate the size, shape and condition of the:

• Liver
• Kidneys
• Gall bladder / common bile duct
• Spleen
• Pancreas
• Aorta

 

 

Gall Stones

Gall Stones

Common problems which can show on the scan are:

• Various liver condition, inc, cirrhosis and fatty changes.
• Hydronephrosis
• Gall stones and polyps
• Splenomegaly
• Pancreatitis, acute and chronic.
• Aortic aneurysm

 

 

 

Liver demonstrating normal Doppler blood flow

Liver demonstrating normal Doppler blood flow

Common reasons for referral are:

• Abnormal liver function test (LFT’s) from a blood test
• Upper quadrant pain either right, left or both
• Feeling bloating or swelling
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