Abdominal Ultrasound Scans

Exam Time: 20-30 minutes
Exam Price: €150.00 (Medical card: €130.00)

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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:

  • Liver
  • Kidneys
  • Spleen
  • Pancreas
  • Gallbladder
  • Aorta

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 6-7 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.

Cost:
Price: €150.00
Medical Card: €130.00

Contact Us Today To Schedule Abdominal Ultrasound Screening:
Call: 01 210 0232

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.