Gallbladder, Biliary and Pancreatic Ultrasound
Ultrasound uses sound waves to examine the bile ducts, liver and pancreas. It is not invasive and is very safe. It is commonly used to see stones in the gallbladder or bile ducts.
Patients are asked to fast for 6 hours prior to an upper abdominal study because imaging may be impaired if patients have recently eaten food. Patients must go without food and drink but may take a small amount of water with any prescribed medication.
How is the procedure performed?
You will lie on your back on an examination couch. The Doctor will place a water-soluble gel over your upper abdomen and then move a 'probe', called a transducer over the area to be examined until the desired structures have been examined and the relevant images captured.
What will I experience during the procedure?
There is usually no discomfort from pressure as the transducer is pressed against the area being examined.
Once the imaging is complete, the clear ultrasound gel will be wiped off your skin. Any portions that are not wiped off will dry to a powder. The ultrasound gel does not stain or discolour clothing.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure should be complete within 15-20mins. After an ultrasound examination, you should be able to resume your normal activities immediately.
When will I get my results?
The report will be faxed to the referring doctor within 2 hours of your examination.