Abdominal Scan

An abdominal scan is an ultrasound scan that uses sound waves to produce images of the stomach and abdominal area. It will produce black and white images that show amongst other things: the appendix, gall bladder, pancreas, kidneys, and bladder.

An abdominal scan is used to help diagnose pain that you may be feeling in the stomach area. You will usually be asked not to eat anything for eight hours before your examination, normally you will be asked to drink a certain amount of water, by doing this you will give the sonographer the best chance of seeing and finding out what is wrong.

An abdominal scan can also check for kidneys stones, tumours and liver disease.

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With an abdominal scan, the images will show immediately, the sonographer can give you instant feedback of their findings if something that they think could be a tumour further tests will be b needed to find out if it is cancerous. However, an abdominal scan can still miss small tumours, because it takes millions of cells to make a tumour big enough o show up on a scan.

An abdominal scan is painless and safe. They use no radiation so will cause no harm to yourself or your baby (if that’s why you are having an abdominal scan)

During the procedure of an abdominal scan, you will be asked to lie on an examination table, a gel-like substance will be applied to the skin, this gel helps the sound waves move more easily around the skin. A transducer (a wand-like device) will be moved around your stomach area to gain a clear image. This will not cause you any harm or discomfort as it will only be placed slightly on the abdomen.

An abdominal scan usually takes approximately 30 minutes, can be longer if the sonographer cannot find what they are looking for.

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