Groin, inguinal canal, abdominal wall, abdominal muscles and affected area
At Phoenix Ultrasound, we provide a specialised Groin, Hernia, and Abdominal Wall ultrasound scan for both male and female patients aged 18 and above.
Our non-invasive and painless ultrasound imaging technique offers a radiation-free diagnostic assessment of the groin, inguinal canal, anterior abdominal wall, abdominal muscles, and adjacent structures.
This comprehensive scan aids in the identification and diagnosis of various conditions, including suspected hernias (such as inguinal, femoral, umbilical, spigelian), linea alba diastasis, and injuries to the abdominal muscles and pubic symphysis.
Common symptoms such as Pain, Discomfort, a Burning Sensation, or Palpable Bulging or Lump in the Tummy or Groin are compelling reasons to have a hernia ultrasound scan.
Book your appointment today at Phoenix Ultrasound for a thorough assessment and peace of mind.
You may need a hernia ultrasound scan if you experience one or more of the following signs and symptoms:
• Bulging or lump in the area on either side of the pubic bone (groin) or abdominal (tummy) wall; more palpable and visible when standing, especially with cough or strain.
• Discomfort with bowel movement or during urination
• A burning or aching sensation at the bulged region
• Pain or discomfort and swelling in the groin or abdominal wall, especially when bending over, coughing, lifting, or moving heavy items
• A heavy or dragging feeling in the groin or abdomen
• Weakness or pressure in the groin or anterior abdominal wall
• Occasionally, pain and swelling around the genitals (testicles or labia) when the protruding intestine descends into the scrotal or labial area
• Discomfort during sport or at the end of an active day
If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, consider scheduling a hernia ultrasound scan for a thorough evaluation at Phoenix Ultrasound. Early detection can lead to timely intervention and better outcomes.
During this ultrasound scan, our specialist sonographer will assess the area of the suspected hernia using ultrasound technology. This area is typically identified by symptoms such as swelling, pain, or other discomfort in the abdomen (tummy) or groin.
The appointment encompasses the following:
• Relevant Medical History: We will gather information about your medical history to ensure a thorough assessment.
• Ultrasound Examination: We will perform a detailed ultrasound scan of various regions of the abdomen and groin to check for hernias (such as inguinal, femoral, umbilical, spigelian, epigastric, etc.) or other problems (such as abdominal muscle injuries or tears, linea alba diastasis, etc.).
• Explanation of Findings: You will receive clear explanations of all findings during and after the ultrasound scan.
• Official Report: We will provide you with an official report within 24 hours, including relevant images from your scan.
• Further Recommendations: If necessary, we may recommend a follow-up scan, referral to your GP or a specialist, or suggest additional tests such as blood test.
At Phoenix Ultrasound, our goal is to offer a comprehensive and informative service to guide you through the diagnostic process. Your health and well-being are our top priorities.
The most common finding is an inguinal hernia where visceral fat or a loop of bowel protrudes through the inguinal canal, followed by hernias at different sites (femoral hernia, umbilical hernia, epigastric hernia, spigelian hernia, incisional hernia), muscular injuries (abdominal muscle strain or tear), lesions to the linea alba (diastasis recti), and injuries to the pubic symphysis or ribs.
Frequently, the felt bulge can represent a benign lipoma, enlarged or inflamed lymph node, or other benign soft tissue lesion.
Rarely, there is an incidental finding of infection, tumour or cancer.
At Phoenix Ultrasound, our skilled professionals are trained to identify and interpret a range of conditions, providing you with a comprehensive assessment of your health.
Our ultrasound specialist will explain the procedure before starting. You will be guided to lie on your back on the examination couch and expose the area of the suspected problem. A small amount of water-based gel will be applied to the examined area for optimal imaging.
Our specialist will move the probe on your skin to produce diagnostic ultrasound images. You may be asked to cough or strain, which helps visualise any hernia or lesion or injury. Hernia and abdomen ultrasound scan is safe, non-invasive (external, onto the skin), involve no radiation, and are painless so you are not expected to feel any discomfort during your ultrasound scan.
A Hernia ultrasound scan is usually completed within 15-20 minutes. Our sonographer will provide recommendations based on the findings of the ultrasound scan.
You will receive your results verbally immediately after the scan. Following the appointment, the sonographer will review the images and prepare a written report within 24 hours, with any recommended actions.
The report and images will be sent to you, allowing you to discuss the findings with your doctor if necessary.
There are no associated risks or side effects with a hernia ultrasound scan. Ultrasound, the imaging technique used, does not involve any radiation.
This is one reason why doctors prefer ultrasound for monitoring developing babies in pregnant women.