Ultrasound Portal Vein

A Portal Vein Ultrasound is a scan using ultrasound waves to asses the blood vessels and blood flow of the liver.

Your doctor may order this test to assess whether there is increased pressure in the blood vessels of your liver. This could be causing your symptoms and may be responsible for abnormal blood tests. The test will also identify any blockages in the blood vessels. 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.

The Procedure

  • 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 be asked to roll onto your left side for part of the examination
  • You will hear the Doppler ultrasound from time to time as it makes a pulsing noise.
  • This examination takes approximately 60 minutes.


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