A Mesenteric/Coeliac Arteries Ultrasound is a scan using ultrasound waves to assess the blood vessels of your intestines and stomach. This test is commonly referred for people with abdominal pain, usually associated with eating. The test will be looking for narrowing or blockages of the arteries. There are many reasons why this could be occurring and this ultrasound will assist in diagnosis. For more information please see our patient information brochure for this examination.
As there are a range of reasons why you are having this test, it is best discussed with your doctor.
- You will be taken to a private room. A staff member will explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have.
- You will be asked to remove clothing from your abdominal area.
- Gel is placed on the area of interest so that sound waves can pass through to the relevant vessels. You will be lying on your back.
- You will hear the Doppler ultrasound from time to time as it makes a pulsing noise.
- If you have symptoms that worsen after eating, you may be asked to consume some milk and biscuits to evaluate the response of the intestinal blood flow to the digestive process. The arteries will be re-examined 15 minutes later.
- This examination takes approximately 30 minutes.
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