Abdominal Ultrasound Q&A

  • Bladder stones.
  • Enlarged spleen.
  • Gallstones.
  • Cholecystitis (gallbladder inflammation).
  • Pancreatitis (inflamed pancreas).
  • Cancer, such as stomach cancer or pancreatic cancer.
  • Fatty liver disease.
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm (a bulge in the aorta wall in your midsection).

Ultrasound can't identify if a tumor is cancerous or not. Its application is also limited in some areas of the body due to the fact that sound waves cannot pass through air (such as the lungs) or bone.

Your ultrasound results will be reviewed and interpreted right away by one of our board-certified radiologists. Within 24 hours, your doctor will receive a written report as well as hardcopy images.

It will take about 30 minutes to complete the test. You may be requested to wait until the scan has been examined by a radiologist. He or she may wish to look at various areas of your belly with an ultrasound.

Ultrasound, which creates images using high-frequency sound waves, is especially useful for detecting inflammation in tendons and the synovium, the tissue that lines the joint. Ultrasounds can aid in the narrowing of a diagnosis.

Routine abdominal ultrasound can detect even non-suspected colonic cancers, especially in the ascending colon, despite the fact that it is not a first-choice screening tool for colorectal cancer. Because ultrasound has a limited specificity, diagnosis must be verified using X-ray and/or endoscopy.

Abdominal ultrasound is a noninvasive technique for examining the organs and tissues of the abdomen. The liver, gallbladder, pancreas, bile ducts, spleen, and abdominal aorta are all included. From outside the body, ultrasound technology provides for fast viewing of the abdominal organs and tissues.

A dilated bile duct shown by an ultrasound could indicate an obstruction, which is a typical cause of acute pancreatitis.

Ultrasounds are frequently asked if they can detect stomach ulcers. Although ultrasound technology cannot detect ulcers, other diagnostic tests can. A test for the bacteria that causes stomach ulcers, an x-ray series, or an endoscopy are frequently requested by doctors.

By definition, flow towards the transducer is depicted in red while flow away from the transducer is shown in blue. Different shades of red and blue are used to display velocity. Lighter shades of color are assigned to higher velocities.

An abdominal ultrasound should not be painful, and the majority of individuals are unaffected. However, if you experience discomfort in that area of your tummy, moving the transducer over that area may be uncomfortable.

One hour before the ultrasound, the patient should drink a liter of water. The full bladder is required in this scenario to accurately examine the urinary bladder because the bladder volume will be measured during the scan.

Adults: Eat or drink nothing for eight hours before the exam.

Children: Eat or drink nothing for four hours before studying, or skip one meal. With a little sip of water, take your meds.

To evaluate if a polyp is cancerous, a tissue sample (biopsy) is collected. Ultrasound can detect polyps, although it is not the major screening tool for polyps.

Symptoms may include: Prolonged changes in your normal bowel habits, including diarrhea or constipation. Changes in size or shape of bowel movements (i.e., narrow, pencil thin stools). Persistent abdominal pain or distention.

Abdominal ultrasound, which is easily accessible in the nearest hospital, can aid in the identification of small intestinal blockage. Bedside ultrasound, a readily available imaging modality in the ED, can assist in swiftly diagnosing this illness.

Other diagnostic tests may be required if a hernia cannot be diagnosed just through a physical examination. Ultrasound is an example of one of these.

  • Upper abdominal pain.
  • Abdominal pain that radiates to your back.
  • Tenderness when touching the abdomen.
  • Fever.
  • Rapid pulse.
  • Nausea.
  • Vomiting.

Ultrasound experiments reveal tumors in 124 (88.6%) of the 140 pancreatic cancer patients. Ultrasonography had a sensitivity of 90% for detecting exocrine pancreatic cancer (79 of 88 patients).

Constant pain in your upper belly that radiates to your back. This pain may be disabling. Diarrhea and weight loss because your pancreas isn't releasing enough enzymes to break down food. Upset stomach and vomiting.

Ultrasound imaging can assist distinguish between a cyst and a tumor by determining the structure of the bump.

Ultrasound scans, both external and internal, have no known negative effects and are normally painless, but you may feel some discomfort while the probe is placed against your skin or put into your body.

A full bladder generates a reservoir of fluid that helps sound waves travel through the abdominal cavity more easily. This gives you a better view of the structures you need to look at.

Eat a low-fat dinner the night before the exam (no fried, fatty, or greasy foods, and no dairy products) and don't eat or drink anything for the next 12 hours.
If you must take drugs, only drink a small amount of water while doing so.

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Cristy Zmahar
Cristy Zmahar
13:53 29 May 24
Oh gosh these people here! I came in with my husband as he fund a strange lump. I was really upset and worried. The receptionist, God bless him, saw me uneasy and tried enerything to make me feel better. He offered cookies and played me some relaxing music. 😀😀😀 Then dr.Fay explained me everything, saw that I was worried, even though she explained everything to my husband already. Such an Angel. The lump was nothing, but the attitude of these great people was EVERYTHING. Hope we will not need much of the services in the future, but it is great to know you can get a support like this in case you need it. Thank you, dear friends. ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Derek Urquhart
Derek Urquhart
12:48 29 May 24
I had a scan at London Private Ultrasound on 29/05/2024. I felt totally relaxed, the team were very friendly, carried out the scan in a very professional manner, and offered really helpful advice.
Marie o'shea
Marie o'shea
08:01 28 May 24
Very impressed with experience of visiting London Private Ultrasound yesterday. Very professional and so pleased with pleasant Doctor, who was very approachable, Thank you
Charlie Burdett
Charlie Burdett
14:41 24 May 24
Fantastic service (Heart Health Check) - worth every penny for peace of mind. Seamless next day booking process.Excellent communication and all results explained carefully by Dr. Very professional in every way and will definitely use in future for ongoing analysis - recommend everyone to do it!
Jade A
Jade A
10:10 19 May 24
Very fast and great service. I was seen as soon as I walked through and the staff were welcoming. I was nervous as it’s my first time getting an ultrasound on my breasts but the doctor made me feel more at ease. Would definitely recommend.
William Cannell
William Cannell
11:18 17 May 24
Absolutely first class. An extremely competent and patient friendly operation with the very best equipment, and available for urgent appointments. The doctor carried out the scan efficiently and explained everything, attentive to all my concerns and questions. The booking was easy, there was no wait and the doctor was kind enough to send me the report on the same day for an urgent hospital consultation. I used London Private Ultrasound because my consultant's hospital had no available slots and I am very glad that I did.
tammygun1
tammygun1
18:57 13 May 24
Great clinic - clinicians who listen, are thorough and highly professional. Very little waiting time and both my diagnosis and procedure (Baker cyst drainage and steroid injections) were carried out to a high standard and everything dealt with in a few days. I have had very little after pain and made a quick recovery. I was hesitant about going private and spending the money - I am neither wealthy nor health insured - but it has been well worth it to be pain free and get on with my life. Highly recommended.
Shana Frahm
Shana Frahm
20:18 01 May 24
Fantastic team and a great experience. I came in from the U.S. because our medical system is ridiculous, and I just needed a quick scan to put my mind at ease. The team was friendly, efficient, the cost was reasonable and I received my results immediately to put my mind at ease. I was also offered options for future screenings - I'll definitely be a "Medical Tourist" to London Private Ultrasound in the future! 🙂
Clive Wyncoll
Clive Wyncoll
12:21 11 Apr 24
My doctor referred me for an ultrasound scan, after three weeks I still had no appointment date, I decided on a private one. London private ultrasound had great reviews and was competitively priced. I booked getting a next day appointment, I am very happy to recommend them, excellent professional, polite service, and I received the report and images while still on my way home*****
Daya Ruci
Daya Ruci
11:07 11 Apr 24
Very helpful, thoughtful and professional
Shlomit Flesch
Shlomit Flesch
22:04 10 Apr 24
the servise was very fast. I arrived a little earlier then my appointment and didn't have to wait a lot. It was very easy to set up the appointment. I didn't have to bring referral. Which was beneficial as it saved time. I've got the results verbaly on the spot and then the written report arrived within less than 24 hours. Over all, good service for reasonable price.
Anna D
Anna D
15:38 09 Apr 24
The team are so so lovely and professional. I’ve only ever seen Pedram and he is an absolute gem of a doctor. He is so patient and so understanding and extremely good and thorough at explaining things. I would always recommend Pedram and his team.
Alex Lockwood
Alex Lockwood
15:28 08 Apr 24
Very quick to access, a well-explained process, a clear and efficient experience and immediate results followed up with the report. Overall it felt very reassuring and the cardiologist was friendly, clear and helpful.
Ahmadreza Selahi
Ahmadreza Selahi
12:28 06 Jan 24
I had an outstanding experience at the London Private Ultrasound clinic. From start to finish, the staff was incredibly professional, friendly, and attentive to my needs.The facility itself was clean, creating a comfortable environment. The ultrasound technician was highly skilled and took the time to explain the procedure, ensuring I felt at ease throughout the entire appointment.I was pleasantly surprised by the efficiency of the clinic, as they promptly delivered my results, providing me with the peace of mind I needed.I can't recommend London Private Ultrasound enough for their top-notch service and exceptional care. If you're looking for a reliable and trustworthy ultrasound clinic in London, this is definitely the place to go!Thank you to the entire team for your excellent service.
Victoria Floyd
Victoria Floyd
15:14 22 Dec 23
Great service. Very friendly and professional. Really thorough pelvic and abdominal ultrasound, I was talked through the findings while I was there and received a report via email on the same day. Would definitely recommend.
Alexander Mignacca
Alexander Mignacca
14:19 16 Dec 23
We recently fell for an internet scam using this same businesses address but with a slightly different name. We had booked an early pregnancy scan for my wife. The staff were incredibly understanding and helpful. Once Dr Pedram understood what had happened he even offered us a free session as we were very stressed and distraught from the whole situation. They saved the day and it all went well, a true gentleman! I couldn't recommend this studio enough, not only are they very professional but they are also lovely people.
Doris Kakoma
Doris Kakoma
19:00 12 Dec 23
My first vist as I wanted a second opinion on some NHS scans. So glad I did since the scan did show up something that had been missed. Dr was very professional but also friendly and explained in detail what was happening. Will go back for follow up. Definitely recommended.
Maria Tilson
Maria Tilson
23:12 07 Dec 23
Great experience! Such lovely staff; very thorough and reassuring. Thank you!
mark
mark
23:32 21 Nov 23
Wonderful Clinic!! Dr Pedram spotted issues with my liver that another ultrasound test elsewhere had missed. Thank You Doc. This shows how important it is to always get a second opinion. Hopefully we caught this early enough & this will give me a better prognosis.London Private Ultrasound offers incredible value for money and The staff are extremely kind and compassionate. Don’t hesitate to visit them is you have any concerns.
Asher Adolphe
Asher Adolphe
18:02 17 Oct 23
Had a lymph node scan back August. The service and treatment were amazing. comfortable and able to receive good information. M.Aghaei was the person who performed my scan and was also able to help me with getting my GP to pay attention to my concerns. If I had any issues and didn’t want to wait for the NHS I would definitely come back again to receive scan or blood tests work. So happy with LPU
Burçe Uygur
Burçe Uygur
14:48 15 Oct 23
Wonderful team, fast and professional service by Dr. Pedram. Thank you!
Jasmin Michael
Jasmin Michael
15:59 14 Oct 23
Amazing service by the ultrasound team. Was seen to early as I arrived early. Was given reassurance and was provided with a report within 10 minutes of leaving. Would 100% recommend for anyone wanting a quick scan for peace of mind!I went for a second time and I will continue to be using London Sono for future scans when needed, especially for my yearly reviews. Not only is Dr Pedram extremely professional and knowledgeable, he’s patient, caring and very thorough. Couldn’t recommend them more!
Abby C
Abby C
14:55 12 Oct 23
Had an appointment with Pedram M. Aghaei who was absolutely wonderful. He was so kind, calm and respectful, explaining everything in a way I could understand and fully involving me in the process by showing me diagrams and also explaining the results on screen while the ultrasound was being performed. I was very anxious and had wound myself up before the appointment, but he was immediately very gentle and reassuring. Would definitely recommend this clinic.
M M
M M
08:58 06 Oct 23
I was seen by Pedram M. Aghaei, MD who was very kind and professional. He put me at ease and answered all my questions thoroughly and gave me helpful advice. I highly recommend this clinic as the team was friendly and put me at ease.
dani jarvis
dani jarvis
13:24 04 Oct 23
The knowledgeable and friendly specialists made my visit to the London Private Ultrasound Clinic a real pleasure. They explained everything thoroughly and gave me some very good advice. Hopefully I won’t need to have an ultrasound again, but if I do, I’ll use these guys. Thanks a mill!
darren gerald
darren gerald
08:26 25 Sep 23
Very happy with the service I received. The team were very good and explained the process from start to finish. Made me feel at ease throughout my appointment. I received some very good advice about things I could do to help myself. Altogether a very very pleasant experience. Keep up the good work guys/girls. Would 100% recommend to others.
Astrid Duque
Astrid Duque
13:05 11 Sep 23
I had an excellent experience with London Private Ultrasound. The service was top-notch, and I'm very satisfied. If I ever need this service again, I wouldn't hesitate to book with them. The team was outstanding – polite, professional, and booking was a breeze. Doctor Pedram provided a thorough explanation during the scan. I wholeheartedly recommend London Private Ultrasound to anyone in need of a quick and professional ultrasound scan.
A Nazari
A Nazari
08:01 18 Feb 23
Thank you to all the staff at the clinic. I managed to get a same day appointment with the help of a kind gentleman who answered the phone. The staff were great and Dr Pedram was fantastic. He was thorough and took the time to listen and reassure. Highly recommend🙏
Mel M
Mel M
12:35 24 Dec 22
My first visit here. Professional establishment, very quick to be seen, appointment times are kept on schedule.The staff are friendly, they explain what is going on and the whole experience was very comfortable.First time I came away from this scan without pain...highly recommend
Edda Zekarias
Edda Zekarias
10:42 18 Dec 22
The staff were very welcoming. I had a bit of a situation for which they were very flexible and quick to offer a solution. My check up was quite detailed and went very well. Really happy with the care I got.
Jluie Moffat
Jluie Moffat
09:06 05 Aug 22
I was able to book 2 scans and 2 blood tests and have them later the same day. The clinic was very efficient in the booking process, it was easy to find, clean and well appointed and the staff were friendly and efficient. Everything was well explained to me and the results were given to me on the day where possible and within the timescale projected for those I had to wait for. This was a very reassuring to have my tests so quickly and stopped a lot of worrying. The radiologist was very thorough and went the extra mile. Highly recommended service.
Daniela Dalterio
Daniela Dalterio
08:35 29 Jul 22
I was extremely pleased with my experience at London Private Ultrasound.I booked an appointment very quicklyAnd the service was first class from the point of booking to the visit.Reception staff were polite and professional, i was very anxious during my ultrasound but Dr A.N.Therani was very professional and during the whole time kept reassuring me and talking me through the examination.I received the results and report the same day.Very satisfied and definitely recommend to family and friends.
Semra Borilova
Semra Borilova
16:30 09 Jul 22
I was very satisfied! I booked appointment for early pregnancy scan. For specific price they give detailed ultrasound of the embryo, his arms, legs, and heartbeat speed and others. also they look all around very detailed ultrasonic scanning. They sent us an email with at least 30 photos, videos and a written report about the general condition and condition of the embryo. It was professional in my opinion, I was in other clinics where they don’t do anything like that and don’t consider it in detail. I can advise this place with confidence.
Fay Brooks-Hedges
Fay Brooks-Hedges
18:28 13 Jun 22
Very pleased with the service received. I was able to book an ultrasound easily on the same day, and received excellent care from the team. The whole process was explained to me and before and during the scan. Results were explained fully and in detail during and after the scan. Dr Pedro was very informative, kind and patient, and also answered all questions I had. I received the scan and report quickly, including recommendations on further action needed. Five star treatment!
CocoLexi
CocoLexi
10:43 04 May 22
Literally booked an appointment the night before and everything else from then was seamless. Was seen to quickly, spoken through every aspect of my scan and had the opportunity to speak to the doctor about next steps. I came away feeling so much better because I knew what was going on with my body. Great service and team!!!
Navid Sarmast
Navid Sarmast
19:52 03 Apr 22
I have been there a couple of times. Their staff and Dr Pedram were very caring and professional. I managed to book same day appointment with no hassle. The scan was very through and I was explained everything during the scan. I felt very relaxed and comfortable as Dr Pedram answered all my questions.The report was sent to me very shortly with all the details of my problem.I highly recommend their service to everyone.
Anthee Merichovitis
Anthee Merichovitis
12:55 01 Apr 22
Absolutely a fantastic clinic with great doctors. I highly recommend Dr. Namazi and his team.With attention to detail, they have been by our side in every test and ultrasound.
Dana Baluta
Dana Baluta
17:33 12 Mar 22
Amazing service. The appointment process was quick and efficient and the doctor took the time to explain everything in great detail. When I left the clinic I knew precisely what the next steps were. Great prices and very helpful staff.
Amit Amlani
Amit Amlani
15:23 02 Mar 22
Visited the hospital today, arranged at short notice for an ultrasound.Thorough investigation undertaken and also provided a report of analysis and consultant thoroughly discussed further actions required. No hesitation in seeking advise in future.
monica lucero
monica lucero
22:18 28 Feb 22
Great service, very thorough and compassionate. Great professional expertise. Put my mind at rest, replaced anxiety with knowledge and awareness about my health problems.
debbie Parsons
debbie Parsons
12:50 18 Jan 22
Great service and experience. I would recommend anyone to go. The doctor explained everything to me and was very professional. Also found a new problem that I wasn't aware of. Report was back within hours definitely worth the money for peace of mind.
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