Upper Abdominal Scan

Private Ultrasound Scan

Upper Abdominal Scan
  • Hi-resolution ultrasound assessment
  • Performed by specialist sonographer
  • No GP referral required
Pricing From £140
Consultation duration 20 minutes
Professional Sonographer
Next Steps Consultation
Results Same day report
Abdominal ultrasound scans allow our team of sonographers to investigate abdominal pain, bloating or discomfort. The scan can detect an abdominal aortic aneurysm, as well as any enlargement or damage to your upper body.

Middle aged man on the bed having his upper abdomen checked with ultrasound scanUltrasound is a widely used tool to check and diagnose a wide range of male-related illnesses. An upper abdominal ultrasound will look at the size, shape, condition and function of the major organs in the abdomen, including the kidneys, liver, gall bladder, spleen and central blood vessels, biliary system and pancreas.

Most abdominal pain isn’t severe and usually resolves itself with little, if any, treatment (for example, indigestion). On the other hand, sharp, persistent or ongoing pain which worsens over time and that is localised to a specific area might be a sign of an underlying issue with one of your organs. With the help of detailed imagery, ultrasound scan effectively help your doctor evaluate the cause of symptoms and conditions such as:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney stones
  • Gallstones
  • Inflammatory conditions, such as appendicitis or pancreatitis
  • Abdominal growths, lumps, bumps, masses and tumours

As a rule of thumb, any abdominal symptom should be checked by a doctor if you are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Dull pain lasting for over a week
  • Significant pain that doesn’t improve within 24 to 48 hours
  • Worsening pain that either gets more severe or occurs more frequently
  • Pain accompanied by bloating that lasts for more than two days
  • Pain and unexplained weight loss
  • Pain and diarrhoea or vomiting that lasts for more than five days
  • Pain accompanied by a high temperature or fever
  • Pain accompanied by any discomfort urinating

Abdominal pain is a common symptom caused by something as simple as a stomach virus or as serious as an aneurysm. If you are unsure or notice a change, we recommend that it is always a good idea to see your GP and check it out!

Upper Abdominal Scan:

  • Upper Abdominal Scan: Cost £140


Is an abdominal scan different from a pelvic scan?

Yes. An abdominal scan is for the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen & kidneys. The pelvic scan is for the urinary bladder, uterus, ovaries & cervix.

How do I prepare for an abdominal and pelvic ultrasound?

Abdominal Scan

It is advised to abstain from food and drink for at least 6 hours before an abdominal ultrasound.

Pelvic Ultrasound

Drinking plenty of clear fluid before your appointment is essential, as a pelvic scan is done with a full bladder. Do not go for a bathroom break until after the exam has finished.

Why would a doctor order an abdominal scan?

A doctor may order an abdominal scan to help identify any potential issues or abnormalities that are present in the abdominal cavity.

Abdominal ultrasounds can help doctors look for:

  • Gallbladder polyps/stones
  • Liver – fatty/mass/cysts/enlargement/size
  • Pancreas – swelling/enlargement/mass
  • Spleen – enlargement/mass
  • Kidneys – texture/size/stones/cysts
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