This screening involves an abdominal ultrasound that detects gallstones, inflammation of the gallbladder (cholecystitis) or blocked bile ducts. You will get results that you can take to your medical doctor and receive proper treatment in case gallstones are discovered.
Your gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ under your liver. It stores bile, a fluid made by your liver to digest fat. As your stomach and intestines digest food, your gallbladder releases bile through a tube called the common bile duct. The duct connects your liver to your small intestine. Your gallbladder is most likely to give you trouble if something blocks the flow of bile through the bile ducts. That is usually a gallstone. Gallstones form when substances in bile harden. Gallstone attacks usually happen right after you eat.
A gallbladder screening detects gallstones within people. Gallstones can cause steady, severe pain in the abdomen, back or under the right arm that increases rapidly and lasts up to several hours. Left undetected, gallstones may cause inflammation of the gallbladder which is the cause of severe abdominal pain. The results of this screening may detect a possible need for treatment by your doctor!