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An upper abdomen ultrasound involves a detailed investigation to look at the size, character and shape of the kidneys, liver, gall bladder, spleen, biliary systems and pancreas.

If you are experiencing any abdominal pain, bloating or discomfort, it is advised you have an upper abdomen scan to check for any underlying conditions.

This scan is available to patients over the age of 18 years. You will be required to fast for at least 6 hours prior to your scan and only clear fluids are allowed. We recommend you drink at least one litre of water before your scan as a full bladder is necessary for this ultrasound.

What does an upper abdomen ultrasound include?

Our upper abdomen ultrasound includes:
Detailed report and images
20 minute appointment

What is the purpose of an upper abdomen ultrasound?

The purpose of an upper abdomen ultrasound is to investigate the upper abdominal area and assess whether there are any underlying conditions which are causing the discomfort. This can include gall stones, polyps, pancreatitis, liver conditions and aortic aneurysms.

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Upper Abdomen Ultrasound FAQs

Can I eat and drink before my scan?

You will be required to fast for at least 6 hours prior to your scan and only clear fluids are allowed. Please drink at least one litre of water before your scan as a full bladder is required.

Who will perform the upper abdomen ultrasound?

All of our sonographers are qualified with diagnostic general ultrasound scanning experience and are accredited by either the Health Professional Council, The General Medical Council or Society of Radiographers and also work within the NHS alongside their role within Ultrasound Plus.

What do I need to wear for the scan?

We advise that you wear something light, airy and baggy. Otherwise, you may need to change into a gown if necessary.

What do I need to bring to my upper abdomen ultrasound?

Please bring along your hospital notes (if you have been given them) and reports to assist out Sonographers if a referral is required.

Will you advise me of any abnormalities?

Please note, our scans do not replace any of your NHS scans. During your appointment, in any event of a medical referral being required, we will discuss this with you and provide a full report for you to forward on to your health practitioner.

Do I still need to visit the NHS if I had a scan with you?

Yes, our services are a complementary service, which works alongside the NHS.

What happens in terms of referrals?

We advise all of our customers to advise their GP/Healthcare provider know of their intention to have a scan with us. On arrival at Ultrasound Plus we will ask you to complete a registration form, where your GP/Healthcare provider details will be requested. If from the upper abdominal ultrasound there shows a need to contact or share any information regarding your scan, you are responsible for providing the report to your GP/Healthcare provider.
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