An abdomen/chest wall ultrasound is used to assess for lumps, hernias and fluid collections that may be located in the chest or abdominal wall. In most cases it evaluates the muscles and soft tissues in this region but can also visualize nerves, blood vessels and blood flow.
About this Ultrasound
Your examination will be performed by a sonographer. Upon being taken into the examination room the sonographer will introduce themselves, confirm your identity and examination. A clear gel is applied to the skin over the area to be examined. The ultrasound probe is then moved over the skin surface to study the structures below. The examination should not cause pain, but if you are already tender in this area then there may be some minor discomfort.
With cases of hernia examinations, you will be requested to strain in an attempt to reproduce the symptoms. Sometimes you will be asked to stand while being scanned if this is the best method to display any hernia that may be present.
Once your examination is completed a radiologist will review the sonographer’s images and provide a written report for your doctor. Radiologists may attend your examination to personally view images in real time.
Before your Scan
There is generally no preparation required.
If your doctor is querying conditions such as appendicitis or kidney stones where the pain may be originating in your lower abdomen, then sometimes a full bladder will be helpful. Please discuss this at the time of booking your appointment.
It is a good idea to wear clothing that allows easy access to the area that is being imaged, two piece clothing is ideal (separate upper/lower garments).
Approximately 15 – 30 minutes.