Test / Diagnostic Procedure: Abdominal and Pelvic Ultrasound (gastrointestinal)

Ultrasound is a minimally invasive diagnostic procedure used to diagnose gastrointestinal issues. It is carried out in an outpatient setting usually with a consultant radiologist with a clinical member of team to assist during the appointment.

Why might I need an ultrasound?

An ultrasound is a non-invasive diagnostic service used to help our consultants diagnose patients with various gastrointestinal issues. Ultrasound would be an appropriate test for anyone with:

  • Generalised abdominal discomfort and pain
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Vomiting
  • Abnormal blood test or liver function tests

An ultrasound can also be used to check up on previous findings such as cysts, gallstones, polyps, and kidney stones, as well as tumours and cancers.

The test can also be used for:

  • Scan for hernias and groin pain
  • Scan of testes
  • Scan of kidneys, urethra and bladder
  • as part of a general health check-up

What does a typical ultrasound appointment involve?

Patients will be prepared by one of the clinical team to be positioned on the clinical couch. A dressing cover will be provided to maintain dignity of the patient and protect clothing. Only the body part required for scanning will be exposed.

If you are having an abdominal ultrasound, you will have needed to fast for 6 hours prior to your appointment. If you are having a pelvic ultrasound, you will need to have a full bladder for your appointment.


What are the benefits of an ultrasound?

An ultrasound is quick and non-invasive, and it can provide either a diagnosis or give indication for further tests and scans. The full ultrasound report are usually available the same day as your appointment.


How can I book an ultrasound at OneWelbeck Digestive Health?

All patients will need a referral for an ultrasound, either from their GP or another clinician. Ultrasounds are usually covered by private health insurance although you must check this with your provider before booking.

To book an appointment, simply click on the Enquire Now button to fill out a form. Alternatively, please call 020 3653 2009.