Abdominal Screening

What is Abdominal Ultrasound?

Why is it needed?

A medical expert might request a patient to have a complete or limited abdominal ultrasound in order to pinpoint possible health problems that may lie in the abdominal area for example, an unexplained abdominal pain may be a sign of many possible health problems. Abdominal ultrasound will then play a vital role in knowing what specific organ/s cause such pain. Afterwards, the result of the ultrasound will be used as valuable information in diagnosing the disease and in providing the needed medical care.


Abdominal ultrasound is used to detect the following health problems:


  • Kidney stones;

  • Enlarged spleen;

  • Liver disease;

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm;

  • Stomach or pancreatic cancer;

  • Tumors, and many more.

Abdominal ultrasound is used as a guide for many medical procedures such as catheter placement and needle biopsies. It is also most commonly used to monitor the growth of a baby in the uterus during a pregnancy. One may be requested to have either complete ultrasound or limited ultrasound. In complete abdominal ultrasound, all abdominal organs are evaluated such as the appendix, intestines, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, kidneys, urinary bladder, and abdominal blood vessels. On the other hand, limited abdominal ultrasound is used to evaluate one or multiple organs, but not all.