Upper Abdominal and Pelvic Scan
This Upper Abdominal and Pelvic Scan is to:
look at the size, shape and condition of the gall bladder, biliary system, pancreas, liver and both kidneys
If your biological sex (assigned at birth) is male it will also:
look at the size, shape and condition of the bladder and prostate area
If your biological sex (assigned at birth) is female it will also:
look at the size, shape and condition of the spleen, central blood vessels, uterus, lining of the womb, both ovaries and pelvic area
Your Upper Abdominal and Pelvic Scan
This scan, available from 16 years of age, is performed by one of our qualified sonographers with diagnostic scanning experience. It can help with the detection or exclusion of:
gall stones or polyps
pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
It also assesses:
liver and kidney anatomy
You will receive a clear written report of your scan results, including our recommendation for your next steps. If we recommend a medical follow-up, we can email a copy of your report to your healthcare provider at no extra cost if you provide their contact details.
If your biological sex (assigned at birth) is female, we may ask your consent to perform an internal (transvaginal) scan. This means that the sonographer will ask for your consent to insert an ultrasound probe into your vagina.
What you get with Ultrasound Direct
Fully qualified and regulated healthcare professionals
Same-day access to your images online
A comprehensive report with recommended follow-up
Friendly, supportive and welcoming staff
Preparing for your scan
drink one litre of clear fluid about one hour before your scan
don’t urinate before your appointment
we’ll need access to your abdomen, so please wear a two-piece outfit (like a top and trousers, or a top and a skirt)
do not eat for 8 hours before your scan (if you are diabetic you can eat, but please avoid fatty foods and dairy products)
maintain normal medication
We cannot scan you for a specific condition if you are already under a care plan and receiving treatment for it. If you are aware of a medical condition and wish to monitor it, and are not receiving treatment, you are welcome to book a scan with us.
Frequently Asked Questions
On rare occasions we are unable to complete the primary purpose of a scan. For pregnancy scans, this may be due to your baby being in a difficult position, or something else such as overlying bowel gas which can obscure the ultrasound image. If this happens, we’ll book you a free of charge rescan so we can try again! The primary purpose is outlined on each scan webpage.
Absolutely! Every scan at Ultrasound Direct is performed by a fully qualified sonographer whose primary interest is your health. All our sonographers are fully trained and appropriately qualified to perform ultrasound scans. Many of our team also work in the NHS locally.
All our sonographers are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and/or the Register of Clinical Technologists and follow the latest safety guidelines.
We are also registered with the Care Quality Commission, an independent regulator, to make sure you always receive the highest possible standards of care.
All our sonographers who take blood for blood tests are phlebotomy trained.
No, you can book your ultrasound directly without any sort of referral. If you have any concerns about your health, it can be useful to have scan results ready to discuss with your GP to reduce any waiting times. An ultrasound scan appointment with us can typically be booked quickly and allows enough time to ask questions too.
We will give you same day results in a clear written report with supporting images. Your scan report will advise you if any further steps are necessary. And if we recommend a medical follow-up with your healthcare provider, we can securely email them a copy of your report at no extra cost.
Your GP can refer you to Ultrasound Direct for a scan via our booking system
An ultrasound scan uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image of inside of the body. The sound waves reflect off different areas in the body and are converted into a moving picture to show what’s happening in real-time. We can record this as a video clip (available for free with our 4D Bonding and Premium 4D scans) and take still images from it.
An ultrasound scan can be external, which is when a probe is placed on the skin of the body part. Scans can also be internal, when a probe is inserted into the body. Both types of scan produce the same type of image and mini clip.
Other scans we recommend for you
Upper Abdominal Scan
20-minute appointment for a detailed scan of the abdominal area
Pelvic Scan – Well Woman
30-minute appointment for women of pre-menopausal age, detailed scan of pelvic area
Kidneys, Bladder and Prostate Scan
20-minute appointment for men from 16 years of age, detailed scan of the kidneys and bladder, prostate when visible