Upper abdomen ultrasound

This information is for patients who have been referred by their GP for an upper abdomen ultrasound (scan). 

You must telephone the NBT Imaging department within 4 weeks of your GP referral. We will arrange an appointment at a convenient time for you at Southmead Hospital or one of our community sites. 

Our phonelines are open:

Monday - Friday

8:30am - 4pm


0117 414 8994

You should have a pen and paper ready to write down the date, time, and location of your appointment. 

If for any reason you need to change your appointment, please contact us on the number above. 

Before your abdomen scan

Please do not eat for at least 5 hours before your scan. 

You may drink clear fluids only, for example water. 

You may take your normal medication. 

If you are diabetic please contact us on 0117 4148994 as soon as possible and we can give you advice. 

If for medical reasons you need assistance with transport to and from your appointment, please contact us on 0117 4148994.

When you arrive 

If you are coming to Southmead Hospital, please follow the check-in process outlined in your appointment letter. 

If your appointment is at another community site, please book in at the Imaging or X-ray reception desk. 

The examination will be performed by a sonographer or radiologist. Each scan takes around 15-20 minutes. 

Once the scan is complete you may leave. A report will be sent to your GP, this is usually within 10 days. 

After the scan you may eat and drink normally. 

© North Bristol NHS Trust. This edition published February 2024. Review due February 2027. NBT003667.

Upper abdomen ultrasound