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.
The scan will evaluate the size, shape and condition of the:
• Gall bladder / common bile duct
Common problems which can show on the scan are:
• Various liver condition, inc, cirrhosis and fatty changes.
• Gall stones and polyps
• Pancreatitis, acute and chronic.
• Aortic aneurysm