Diagnostic Ultrasound › Abdominal Ultrasounds
Abdominal ultrasounds cover a large number of abdominal organs and conditions as listed below. All these will be assessed in a session.
A major abdominal organ easily visualised by ultrasound. Useful in diagnosis of alcoholic liver disease, fatty infiltration of the liver, liver cirrhosis (scarring), inflammation, masses, cysts and vascular malformations.
Comprises the gall bladder and bile ducts. Ultrasound can be used to look for gall bladder infection, chronic irritation, gall bladder stones or blockages in the bile ducts.
Ultrasound can be used to look for malformations of the kidney structure, kidney cysts, stones, masses, blockage in urine flow, swelling of the kidneys and scarring too.
The main artery leading from the heart to the rest of the body. One may need to assess for aortic aneurysms, a very dangerous weakening and ballooning of the artery that if left unchecked can be potentially fatal.
Swelling of the spleen can itself cause a number of problems but is also often the consequence of a number of conditions ranging from liver cirrhosis to blood disorders. Splenic ultrasounds are thus invaluable in the work up of such cases.
Situated very deep in the abdomen and overshadowed by loops of bowel, the pancreas is not easily visualised. However, with proper preparation the head of the pancreas, the main body, may also be assessed for swellings and growths.
PREPARATION REQUIRED FOR AN ABDOMINAL ULTRASOUND:
You need to be fasted (no food or drink) for 6 hours, to create the optimal conditions for a clear abdominal ultrasound.