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Abdominal and Thyroid Ultrasound Scans

Abdominal Ultrasound Scans

An Abdominal Ultrasound allows our clinicians to scan the parts of the body where you are experiencing pain or other symptoms which helps us to quickly diagnose or rule out suspected illnesses.

An ultrasound scan will help to rule out or diagnose conditions such tumors, kidney stones, liver disease and many other conditions.

What should I do to prepare for an abdominal ultrasound scan?

For most body areas there you do not need to do anything to prepare for the scan, however if you are coming in to specifically have your Gallbladder checked then you should fast for six hours before the scan takes place.

Will I get the results before I leave the clinic following my ultrasound scan?

You will receive your results verbally before leaving the clinic, we will then follow this up with a letter.

If I have any pre-existing conditions will it prevent me from having an abdominal ultrasound scan?

The answer to this question in short is no, please just mention conditions or symptoms that you have been experiencing and this will be taken into consideration during the scan.

An Abdominal Ultrasound scan can be used to scan the body areas below:

  • Kidneys
  • Liver
  • Gallbladder
  • Pancreas
  • Abdominal aorta
  • Bile ducts
  • Spleen

During an abdominal ultrasound scan all of the organs above will be scanned.

Thyroid Ultrasound Scans

A thyroid ultrasound scan may be requested if your clinician would like to rule out an overactive or underactive thyroid. Symptoms of an underactive thyroid include; tiredness, being sensitive to cold, weight gain, constipation, depression, slow movements and thoughts, muscle aches and weakness, muscle cramps, dry and scaly skin, brittle hair and nails, loss of libido (sex drive), pain, numbness and a tingling sensation in the hand and fingers (carpal tunnel syndrome) and Irregular periods or heavy periods.

Symptoms of an overactive thyroid include; nervousness, anxiety and irritability, mood swings difficulty sleeping, persistent tiredness and weakness, sensitivity to heat, swelling in your neck from an enlarged thyroid gland (goitre), an irregular and/or unusually fast heart rate (palpitations), twitching or trembling and weight loss.

It might be that your clinician felt a lump on your neck whilst examining you, prompting them to request an ultrasound scan. On most occasions the lump will only be nodules on the thyroid but occasionally a small number of lumps may be cancerous.

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