This scan is available to men from 16 years of age.
We will perform a detailed scan to look at the size, shape and condition of the:
- gall bladder
- biliary system and pancreas
- both kidneys and the bladder and prostate area.
Pre and post voiding of the bladder.
Also includes spleen and central blood vessels. Common examples for having this ultrasound scan are:
detection of gall stones or polyps
assessing the liver
assessing the kidneys and bladder for function.
We will provide a Sonographer report at the time with a Medical Follow Up Recommendation if necessary.
Using the latest cloud technology, Ultrasound Direct can send your scan images and report to you in seconds using Ultrasound Direct toMOBILE. This secure online service is available with every scan performed in an Ultrasound Direct clinic at no extra cost.
Need to expose whole of abdomen so ideally wear 2 piece garments i.e trousers and top.
8 hours of fasting required. No breakfast if morning appointment / no lunch for afternoon appointment.
Drink 0.5 Ltr (1 pint) clear fluid approx 1 hour before appointment time.
Milk and fizzy drinks are not recommended.
Please do not empty your bladder before the examination.
For diabetics maintain food intake but avoid fatty or dairy products.
Maintain normal medication.
All of our first line ultrasound scans are optional. You must be at least 16 years old and you should have no existing medical condition or treatment pending that relates to the scan you are booking. If you are in any doubt about having any type of scan, you should consult your GP.
Frequently Asked Question
Are your sonographers qualified?
Yes. All our sonographers are fully trained and qualified to perform ultrasound scans and many of them also work in the NHS locally. Scans with Ultrasound Direct will always be performed by a qualified professional whose primary interest is your health. All our sonographers take care to follow the latest safety guidelines and are registered with the HCPC. We’re also registered with the independent regulator the Care Quality Commission to ensure the highest standards possible.
What if I get bad news during my scan?
In the event of unexpected findings: we will offer clear advice on the next steps available to you and will offer to contact the local hospital on your behalf.
Should you receive bad news in your scan you are welcome to take time in private in our clinics to process the news and gather your thoughts before leaving: we never want you to feel rushed.