What is the objective of this scan?
The purpose of this ultrasound scan is to evaluate the whether soft tissues of your abdomen (Fat +/- Bowel) herniate from your abdominal cavity into your superficial soft tissue.
These are generally located in the midline of your abdomen (epigastric/umbilical hernia) or near your flank (Spigelian hernia) or near your groin (inguinal/femoral hernia.
We can also use ultrasound to visualise diastasis/divarication of recti (separation of abdominal muscles).
Reasons for this scan may include:
This scan is performed for a range of reasons some of which include:
Bulge, bump or lump in the midline of abdomen, near your flank or groin of your or at a site of the hernias.
What is included with this ultrasound scan?
An electronic ultrasound report of the examination including any measurements same day as your appointment.
What does the scan involve?
During the scan you will be asked to uncover your area of concern and jelly will be placed over your skin. An ultrasound probe will then be placed on your skin and moved around. An image will appear on the monitor which will be translated by a professionally qualified Ultrasonographer. The examination lasts around 10-15 minutes and is pain free. At the end of the examination the Ultrasonographer will give you a verbal report with a formal ultrasound scan report with any recommendations being sent to you which you can take to your regular healthcare professional.
Preparation for the scan
No specific preparation is required for this scan.