A Right Upper Quadrant (RUQ) ultrasound is a test commonly used to evaluate abnormalities of the pancreas, liver, and gall bladder. Pain in the right upper quadrant (RUQ) can be caused by a wide variety of conditions. The age, sex and general condition of the patient will influence the likely diagnosis. History and examination will also focus the differential diagnosis. Features such as acute or chronic onset, weight loss, pyrexia, general malaise, and urinary or bowel symptoms may all help point to a diagnosis. RUQ Ultrasound helps to Evaluate for gallstones and dilated common bile duct and sonographic signs or cholecystitis, such as “positive sonographic Murphy’s sign,” thickened gall bladder wall, and pericholecystic fluid
Ultrasound is useful to investigate the renal tract for stones or dilatation. It is the best way to detect gallstones. It can also be used to check the liver for enlargement and establish if it has a homogeneous pattern or areas of different echo density.
An abdominal ultrasound produces a picture of the organs and other structures in the upper abdomen. Ultrasound is used to help diagnose a variety of conditions such as: abnormal liver function enlarged abdominal organs, stones in the gallbladder, or an aneurysm in the aorta.
A Doppler ultrasound study may be part of an abdominal ultrasound examination. Doppler ultrasound is a special ultrasound technique that evaluates blood flow through a blood vessel, including the body’s major arteries and veins in the abdomen.