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Epigastric / Umbilical Hernia Scan




✔ Evaluate presence of epigastric / umbilical hernia by using ultrasound. Trusted-Doctors.png

 Instant Results Summary*

 No GP referral Required

✔ Performed by qualified medical ultrasound specialists

✔ Detect problems before they become troubles

✔ Off-Peak discount available on this scan - find out more here

*written ultrasound report within 24 hours.



What is the objective of this scan?

The purpose of this ultrasound scan is to evaluate the midline soft tissues of your abdomen for the presence of an epigastric or umbilical hernia. We may also be able to visualise diastasis recti. 


Possible reasons for this scan include:

This scan is performed for a range of reasons some of which include: 

  • Bulge, bump or lump in the midline of your abdomen or at a site of the hernias
  • Discomfort
  • Pain
  • Inflammation


What is included with this scan?

A written ultrasound report of the examination including any measurements within 24-28 hours after your appointment.


Why choose us?


We pride ourselves on providing the best quality service we can which is why we are trusted by GP's, doctors, physiotherapists, midwifes and many other healthcare professionals. 

Our mission of better quality healthcare for everyone really sets us apart from the vast majority of other clinics and is the main reason why we are amongst the few diagnostic clinics to not only be approved by but also provide services to the NHS and thus the general public. This also means that unlike many other clinics we have additional strict quality control measures which we must adhere to meaning you are in safe hands with us and our team.


Who will I see?

Quality-Assured_1.pngYou will be seen by a healthcare professional who specialises in clinical medical ultrasound. Unlike other diagnostic tests which produce results for analysis, ultrasound imaging is "real- time" therefore the quality of the scan being performed is the basis of the information you take away and heavily depends upon the expertise, experience and skill of the healthcare professional scanning you. This is an important point which is often overlooked by many people when deciding where to go, therefore you can be reassured that at The Scan Clinic you will always be seen by an expert who has vast expertise and experience in the field of medical ultrasound. 


What does the scan involve?

During the scan you will be asked to uncover your abdominal area and a small amount of jelly will be placed over your skin. An ultrasound camera will then be placed on top and moved around. This will result in a picture appearing on the ultrasound monitor and patient TV. The examination itself usually lasts around 10-15 minutes and is pain free. At the end of the examination a brief explanation of the results may be offered. A formal ultrasound scan report with any recommendations will be sent to you which you can take to your regular healthcare professional.


How do prepare for this scan?

  • No specific preparation is required for this scan.



Epigastric / Umbilical Hernia Scan: Background

An abdominal hernia is a bulge or swelling in your upper abdomen. It occurs when body tissue or an organ protrudes through an abnormal opening or weakness in your abdominal wall muscles. In many cases hernias cause no or very few symptoms, although you may notice a swelling or lump in your tummy which may disappear or reduce when you lie down. Coughing or straining may make the lump appear.

Two of the most common abdominal hernias include:


Epigasric Hernias occur when tissue bulges through a your upper abdomen, between your navel and the lower part of your breastbone.


Umbilical Hernias occur when tissue or part of your bowel bulges through your abdomen near your belly button (navel). 


This scan can detect both these hernias and is often requested by physicians at the very early stages following a complaint or abnormal test results and can provide valuable & vital information for treatment.

Often time is of the essence in many health conditions and seeking early medical advice & services may allow for better outcomes. 

Many of our clients choose to book a hernia ultrasound scan with us after having been referred for a scan in the NHS by their GP however are unwilling to wait  for a scan appointment within the NHS, which can be many weeks. Going privately bypasses this allowing quicker & more convenient appointments & faster results.

We offer flexible & convenient appointments suited around you and your life with clinics running during the day, evening and weekends. 


Ultrasound: Background

An ultrasound scan is a painless test that provides images of the inside of the body by using high frequency sound waves. These sound waves are at a frequency which cannot be heard by the human ear but when they bounce off different parts of the body, create echoes that are picked up by the probe and turned into a moving image.

Unlike other scans such as MRI and CT, ultrasound does not involve radiation and is in real time i.e. live imaging and is not static i.e. still pictures. This live information is interpreted and is used as the basis of the subsequent diagnostic report.

There are many kinds of ultrasound scans that can be performed as ultrasound has numerous applications in healthcare and are ultimately beneficial to us if used in the right context by a competent body or person.  However as with any test, ultrasound scans have limitations some of which are generic to all scans such as not being able to visualise bone clearly or scan specific and therefore may not be suitable in certain situations and like any test can not diagnose every problem.

For further information about ultrasound please click here.


Please note

  • We will require details of your GP / Health Care Professional, which may be requested prior to or at the time of the scan.
  • This scan requires access to the area of interest, therefore it is recommended to wear loose clothing to facilitate this process.
  • Study images may be available at an additional charge - more information and to request this can be found by clicking here.
  • All of our first line ultrasound scans are optional. You must be at least 16 years old and you should have no existing medical condition or treatment pending that relates to the scan you are booking. If you are in any doubt about having any type of scan, you should consult your GP.

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Having an option to short cut the NHS waiting lists with the service provided here is the best thing that could happen for me. I had an appointment straight away and hence been able to have the concern of waiting for weeks for a scan taken away. The service was brilliant.

Claudette Monaghazi


A lovely environment to be in. Everyone was very professional with a clear and informative approach – 100% better than visiting/waiting in a hospital.

Patricia Hollisey


I found the scan very reassuring, staff who were with me were very nice and professional. Would use scan clinic again and highly recommend.

Alex Horner