Abdomen Ultrasound Scan

Abdomen Ultrasound Scan

A good baseline test to assess the cause of abdominal pain.

The following are assessed during the scan:

  • Liver
  • Gallbladder
  • Bile ducts
  • Pancreas
  • Spleen
  • Kidneys
  • Abdominal aorta

Your Scan Includes

  • Ultrasound with the Consultant
  • Explanation of your scan results
  • Consultant Written Report
  • High-Resolution Digital Scan Images
  • Any onward referral if needed


You will need to be fasted for 4 hours prior to the scan.

Please dress appropriately to allow for easy access to the body part being examined with ultrasound.

Why do patients need to fast?

Patients undergoing abdomen ultrasound scan need to fast so the doctor can better look at the Gallbladder and Biliary Tree. When you eat the gallbladder releases bile to break down the food in your stomach, and as it is releasing bile it contracts and is no longer easily visualized using ultrasound. When you fast, your gallbladder fills up with bile and then is much more clearly defined during the scan. Many patients referred for upper abdominal scans will have pain and bloating –both possibly associated with the gallbladder, although gallstones may not be the cause it is a routine clinical practice to ensure we see the gallbladder to rule it out.

When you eat, you also swallow air. Too much air can make it difficult to see the abdominal organs. Also, if you want to get ultrasound of pelvis and abdomen done, get in touch with us.

Fasting Procedure

Fast for four hours prior to your appointment.

This means no: Food, milky or fizzy/sugary drinks, chewing gum, or cigarettes (chewing gum and cigarettes can make you gassy and make it difficult to see your organs)

Patients who are diabetic or hypoglycaemic need to talk to their GP or practice nurse in advance of the appointment to ensure it is okay.

Medication can be taken as normal.

If you have diabetes, please bring a snack after your scan.

Do not continue fasting if you feel unwell at any point.


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