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General Scans

Upper Abdominal Ultrasound Scan

Why have an abdominal scan?

An upper abdominal scan involves a detailed examination of the size, shape and appearance of the upper abdominal organs, the liver, pancreas, gall bladder, biliary systems, kidneys, spleen, and aorta. What we can’t examine however, is the bowel simply because it contains a lot of air/gas which obstructs the view. There are a wide range of reasons for this type of scan to be performed, some of which include, feeling bloated, right/left upper quadrant pain, abdominal pain, sickness and nausea, indigestion, gallstones and abnormal blood results of the liver and kidneys.

There are many conditions that can affect the abdominal organs which can be identified by scan, some of the most common; Gallstones and polyps, fatty liver, cirrhosis, kidney stones, cysts (commonly found within the liver or kidneys), enlarged spleen, abdominal aortic aneurysm, and tumours (both cancerous and non-cancerous)

What we do…

We will discuss your concerns and why the scan needs to be performed. We will ask you to uncover your abdominal area from below your chest to pelvis, we tuck in paper towel to protect your clothes. Water based gel is then applied to your abdomen to enable us to smoothly move the probe over the areas to be assessed. During the scan we will ask you to breathe in and hold your breath for a short time and move you around onto your side to access other areas. The examination itself usually lasts around 15/20 minutes; you will feel gentle pressure but otherwise the scan is pain-free.

Preparation for the scan requires fasting from food for at least 6 hours prior to the scan, you may drink clear fluids such as water. If you are diabetic, please maintain your normal food intake but avoid fatty or dairy products for at least 6 hours before the scan. You should continue to take your normal medication.

After the scan…

We will discuss the findings of the scan with you and provide you with a detailed report and pictures where required. You can also take an additional copy of the report to your GP if you wish. 

If we find anything of concern, we have clear pathways in place to refer you, with your permission, directly to your GP or healthcare provider and discuss our findings/concerns with them for follow up.

Our sonographers are not responsible for the interpretation of the findings from the scan, they are reporting what is seen during the assessment and will make any referral that is appropriate and answer any questions they can within their remit.

Urinary Tract Ultrasound Scan

So why would you have a scan of your kidneys, ureters and bladder? 

This type of scan involves a detailed examination of the size, shape and appearance of the kidneys, ureters, and bladder both full and empty. There are a wide range of reasons for this type of scan to be performed, some of which include, kidney stones, abdominal pain, blood in your urine, recurrent urine infections and pain when emptying your bladder. 

Conditions that can be commonly identified by the scan are obstructions due to kidney or bladder stones, effects of urinary infections (UTI), incomplete bladder emptying, cysts and tumours (both cancerous and non-cancerous).

What we do…

We will discuss your concerns and why the scan needs to be performed. We will ask you to uncover your abdominal area from below your chest to pelvis, we tuck in paper towel to protect your clothes. Water based gel is then applied to your abdomen to enable us to smoothly move the probe over the areas to be assessed. During the scan we will ask you to breathe in and hold your breath for a short time and move you around onto your side to access other areas. The examination itself usually lasts around 10/15 minutes; you will feel gentle pressure but otherwise the scan is pain-free.

Preparation for the scan requires a full bladder, otherwise eat and drink as normal – You should continue to take your normal medication.

After the scan…

We will discuss the findings of the scan with you and provide you with a detailed report and pictures where required. You can also take an additional copy of the report to your GP if you wish. 

If we find anything of concern, we have clear pathways in place to refer you, with your permission, directly to your GP or healthcare provider and discuss our findings/concerns with them for follow up.

Our sonographers are not responsible for the interpretation of the findings from the scan, they are reporting what is seen during the assessment and will make any referral that is appropriate and answer any questions they can within their remit.

Testes and Scrotum Ultrasound Scan

So why have a testes and scrotum ultrasound scan?

A testicular ultrasound scan is a safe and painless screening of male reproductive organs – the testicals and surrounding tissue of the scrotum. This scan can pick up a wide range of conditions before they progress, for example, if you have noticed a lump, experiencing pain, or swelling or simply something has changed within the scrotum.

Conditions that can commonly be identified, scrotal hernias, epididymal cysts, hydroceles (fluid), varicoceles (varicose veins), unexplained swellings and testicular masses.

A referral is not required for any testes and scrotal scans – there is also no preparation required prior to the scan.

On a sensitive note, our clinics offer a wide range of scans predominantly to women, that being said, we are a very professional, friendly team that aim to put you at your ease with no need for any possible embarrassment that this type of scan can create. You can also bring someone with you for support should you need reassurance.

What we do…

We discuss how we perform the scan and what it entails – this scan is only performed with your consent.

The scrotal area needs to be exposed with tissue covering everything accept the area being assessed. A small amount of gel will be applied to the area and the ultrasound probe gently glides over the area whilst images are saved. The scan is painless, however if pain is already a symptom it may be a little uncomfortable during the scan. 

The testicles and scrotum are then thoroughly examined for any abnormalities.

After the scan…

We will discuss the findings of the scan with you and provide you with a detailed report and pictures where required. You can also take an additional copy of the report to your GP if you wish. 

If we find anything of concern, we have clear pathways in place to refer you, with your permission, directly to your GP or healthcare provider and discuss our findings/concerns with them for follow up.

Our sonographers are not responsible for the interpretation of the findings from the scan, they are reporting what is seen during the assessment and will make any referral that is appropriate and answer any questions they can within their remit.