Abdominal Ultrasound Scans: €145 A complaint of any pain in the abdomen is the most common symptom of an abdominal problem. When this is the case, the doctor may recommend an ultrasound scan. However, he may also recommend it for other reasons of concern such as findings on a blood test.
Primarily, abdominal ultrasound is used to examine the liver, gallbladder, kidneys, pancreas, spleen, and blood vessels of the abdomen. In addition, the ultrasound can detect stones in the gallbladder and kidneys, cysts, and some tumors. It can also detect an abdominal aortic aneurysm—a fatal condition that can be prevented by early detection.
Areas examined are as follows:
The patient lies on an examination table. The sonographer uses warm gel and an ultrasound probe to look at all the solid upper abdominal organs. Several different positions are used to examine all of the organs from lying on your back to your right and left side. A full report will be sent to your doctor so the results can be discussed in depth with you at a time convenient for you and your doctor.
Note: You must be fasting for at least 8 to 12 hours prior to the scan. You should wear comfortable, loose- fitting clothing for your ultrasound exam. Be prepared to spend at least thirty minutes at the clinic for this test.