What conditions can be detected with an abdominal ultrasound scan?

Various diagnostic techniques are used for diagnosing abdominal problems. Amongst these are abdominal ultrasound, endoscopy, x-ray and CT scanning.

Abdominal ultrasound is usually the first line method for examining the liver, gallbladder, kidneys, pancreas, spleen and blood vessels of the abdomen. It can also show the blood flow to these organs and the blood flow of the main blood vessels in the abdomen.

Abdominal pain is the most common indication for an abdominal ultrasound. However, your doctor may also refer you because you are suffering from other symptoms or he maybe concerned about his examination findings or blood tests.

Amongst other conditions, abdominal ultrasound can detect stones in the gall bladder and kidneys, cysts and some tumours. It can also detect an abdominal aortic aneurysm, which is a widening of the aortic artery and is a potentially fatal condition for which early medical intervention can be life saving.

Ultrasound maybe one of many investigations you require and you should consult your doctor to ensure that any other necessary investigations are arranged.