FULL ABDOMINAL & PELVIS SCAN
What is this scan for?
The upper abdomen contains all the digestive organs, including the liver, gall bladder, bile ducts, pancreas and spleen. This scan investigates the cause of abdominal pain or discomfort that can result from effects of blockages or diseases of the digestive system.
- Liver masses, cirrhosis and fatty liver
- Gallbladder (cholecystitis)
- Blocked bile ducts
- Spleen conditions
In the lower abdomen, sensitive and painful symptoms can arise from your renal system; kidneys, bladder and uretha such as:
- Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
- Stones in the kidney or bladder
- Causes of persistent bladder problems.
It also assess the pelvic region because when there is pelvic pain, abnormal vaginal bleeding and other menstrual problems, it could be a symptom of:
- Ovarian cysts
- Polycystic ovaries
- Position of a contraceptive coil
What does this scan show?
This scan looks for abnormalities and obstructions as follows:
- Checking the size, shape, and position of the liver and rule out liver masses, cirrhosis and fatty liver.
- Detecting gallstones, inflammation of the gallbladder (cholecystitis), or blocked bile ducts.
- Looking for damage or disease and size of the spleen.
- Finding problems with the pancreas, such as a pancreatitis (inflamed pancreas).
- Finding out the size of the kidneys, detect kidney masses or kidney stones
- Looking for bladder infections or other abnormalities
This scan can identify abnormalities in the female pelvic by looking at the:
- Uterus (womb)
- Fallopian tubes and surrounding structures
During the pelvic ultrasound scan, the uterus, ovaries and endometrium (womb lining) will be checked to help find the cause of these problems.
The Ultrasound Scan Procedure
Ultrasound is safe, non-invasive and does not use ionizing radiation. It has no known risks and is usually pain free. During the ultrasound scan the Sonographer will place a water-based gel on the area to be examined, and will then move a probe around on the skin to obtain the desired images. When the scan is completed the gel can be wiped off easily using tissue. A trans-vaginal scan may also be requested for this type of scan.