What is this scan for?


If you have abdominal pain it could be caused by gallbladder attacks (biliary colic) which could lead to acute cholecystitis. Complications of acute cholecystitis include gallstone pancreatitis, common bile duct stones, or inflammation of the common bile duct.


Symptoms include right upper abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and occasionally fever.



What does this scan show?


This scan detects gallstones, inflammation of the gallbladder (cholecystitis), or blocked bile ducts.



The Ultrasound Scan Procedure


Ultrasound is safe, non-invasive and does not use ionizing radiation. During the ultrasound scan the sonographer will place a warm water-based gel on the area to be examined, and will then press firmly on the skin with an ultrasound probe, moving it around until they have obtained the desired images. The ultrasound scan has no known risks and is usually pain free. When the scan is completed the gel can be wiped off easily using tissue.


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