Ultrasound Liver-GB-Pancreas RUQ
Your abdominal area (belly) is divided into four imaginary quadrants to simplify the diagnosis of different diseases affecting the organs in different quadrants. The right upper quadrant holds many vital organs like the liver, gall bladder, stomach, duodenum, pancreas, and right kidney. In the right upper quadrant ultrasound, sound waves are transmitted through a transducer placed over the skin to visualize these structures through images displayed on the attached computer to identify diseases causing symptoms.
Why and when do you need this test?
Your doctor may advise this test if you have upper abdominal pain or any other symptoms pointing towards the organs in the upper right quadrant. Some of the reasons may be;
- Pain in the upper abdomen or epigastrium
- Yellow eyes and skin (Jaundice)
- Abdominal distension
- Collection of fluid in the abdomen (Ascites)
- Suspecting Gallstones
- Suspecting infection of the liver, gall bladder, or pancreas
- To assess the status of bile ducts in cases of biliary obstruction
- Trauma to the abdomen
- Suspecting chronic liver disease
- Masses, tumors, cancers, and abscesses of the right upper quadrant organs that may be palpable or identified by some other tests
- Abnormal values of blood tests related to the organs of the right upper quadrant
Do you need to prepare for the test?
You may need to take care of a few things to make this test a success;
- You will be guided to stop eating for around 8-12 hours before the test.
- You will be guided about water drinking and peeing by your doctor. You may need a filled bladder.
- Wear loose, easy, and comfortable dressing to expose the parts when asked.
- Take your medicines as guided by your doctor.
What can you expect?
- You will be asked to lie down on the bed in the ultrasound room.
- After exposing your belly region, the technologist will apply some gel.
- They will then put a transducer probe on the gel and move it slowly and firmly
- The transducer will transmit sound waves and make images on the attached computer
- You may be made to roll on your sides during the procedure.
- Although it’s a painless procedure, you may feel pain if the area is tender.
- After the exam, you may return to daily activities normally.
- This procedure may take about 15-20 minutes.
Are there any risks to this test?
Ultrasound is a non-invasive and painless procedure that does not use X- rays, so it is usually safe and has no risks.
What do the test results mean?
The abnormal results may include;
- Fatty liver disease.
- Liver cirrhosis
- Gall Bladder stones.
- Stones, stricture, or dilatations of the bile ducts
- Liver abscess
- Enlarged liver
- Inflammation of the gallbladder (Cholecystitis).
- Inflammation of the Pancreas (Pancreatitis).
- Liver, gall bladder, or pancreatic tumors/ cancers
Other related tests may include:
- CT scan of the abdomen
- MRI with cholangiogram
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