Abdominal Scan FAQs

Do I need an appointment?

Yes, ultrasound exams do need an appointment. If you cannot attend your appointment we appreciate if you can give 24 hours notice.

Do I need a referral letter from my GP?

No, you do not need a referral letter for a medical scan. If you come in without a referral letter the report will be emailed to you and you may pass it on to your GP. We do not send reports to a GP if they have not ordered it. If there are urgent findings we will help you arrange a doctor’s visit where you can take the report with you as you may need a referral to a consultant.

What is the preparation for an abdominal ultrasound?

For the abdominal scan we ask that you fast for at least 6 hours prior to your appointment time. This includes food and drinks. Small sips of water can be taken with medication if necessary.

What organs are viewed in an abdominal scan?

During this examination, we evaluate the pancreas, liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, spleen, kidneys, and the aorta.

What can an abdomen scan see?

An abdomen scan can help diagnose a vast number of pathology, however, more common problems include gallstones, kidney stones, aortic aneurysm, liver disease, and identifying liver or kidney cysts.

What happens during the abdominal scan?

In the abdominal scan, the sonographer may ask that you pull your shirt up to expose the abdomen. The gel will be placed on the abdomen and the organs listed above will be evaluated. The sonographer may have you turn onto your sides or take in deep breaths and hold it, in order to get clear images and moved the organs below the ribs.

How long will the exam take?

The scheduled time for this exam is 30 minutes.

Who will report my abdomen exam?

After the sonographer has completed your exam the images will be sent to a consultant radiologist who will report your scan.

When will I receive my results?

You will get verbal results from the sonographer at the end of the examination however it is up to the radiologist to make a final report. The formal report will be sent to your GP by post which may take up to 5 days. If you are self-referred it may also take up to 5 days for you to receive the formal report by email. If there are urgent findings the process will be expedited and faxed to your GP within 24 hours.