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Ultrasound Hepatobiliary System

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What is an Ultrasound of the Hepatobiliary System?

Ultrasound test are usually diagnostic in nature, where sound waves are used to produce images of the structures within your body. 

An ultrasound is the first line of test for the hepatobiliary system which is made up of the liver, gall bladder, and the bile ducts. It is a non-invasive procedure used to identify any anomalies within the hepatobiliary system.

How does an Ultrasound of the Hepatobiliary System work?

An ultrasound is a non-invasive, outpatient procedure which should only take approximately 30 minutes.
  • You will have to change into a hospital gown, so your clothes do not get dirty.
  • The ultrasound technician will apply some lubrication to the ultrasound probe/wand—this prevents friction and helps in the transmission of sound waves.
  • High-frequency sound waves are sent through your body which echo back as it bounces back from your organs or other lesions.
  • These waves are translated into images and reflected on the monitor for your gastroenterologist to observe.
  • You may have to adjust your position if different organs or angles need to be checked.

How do I prepare for an Ultrasound?

Preparation for an ultrasound depends on the area of concern – for an examination of the hepatobiliary system,. If you will be instructed not to eat or drink for a few hours before the procedure. Depending on the area of ultrasound, drinks and medication may still be consumed as per normal. You must inform your doctor of any medication you are taking or if you have any allergies.

Who needs an Ultrasound of the Hepatobiliary System?

Your gastroenterologist may recommend an ultrasound of the hepatobiliary system if you have the following symptoms:
  • Unexplained bloating
  • Indigestion
  • Follow-up of hepatitis
  • Regular health screening
  • Unexplained abdominal pain

What can I expect after an Ultrasound in Singapore?

Ultrasounds are straight-forward procedures that require very little preparation before and after. After the ultrasound, you will have to wait while your gastroenterologist studies the images and identifies if there are any anomalies or areas of concern.
If there are any abnormalities, you may need to go for additional examinations such as a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT), or even a biopsy.

What are the possible complications or risks of an Ultrasound of the Hepatobiliary System?

Diagnostic ultrasounds are very safe with no known risks. The sound waves used are low power and while useful for most issues, are limited when observing organs or tissue that are blocked by bones or those buried deep within the body.

What are the benefits of an Ultrasound in Singapore?

  • Non-invasive procedure
  • Short 30 minutes procedure
  • Able to diagnose some diseases

Frequently asked questions

Is ultrasound painful?
No, ultrasounds are painless procedures. You may feel pressure as the probe is pressed onto your body, but no pain.
Will I have to stay overnight in the hospital?
No, it is a short 30-minute procedure.

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