An abdominal ultrasound is a non-invasive imaging test that uses sound waves to create images of organs within the abdomen.
A Sonographer will place a handheld device, also called a transducer, onto the skin over the abdomen. The transducer sends and receives sound waves through the body, then converts the waves into images on a monitor. An abdominal ultrasound is done to view structures inside the abdomen.
It can be used to determine the cause of abdominal pain, detect gallstones, identify the cause of abnormal blood tests, or monitor tumors. Abdominal ultrasound is commonly used to evaluate the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, pancreas, spleen, and abdominal aorta. The procedure typically takes less then 30 minutes. You will be asked to fast for several hours prior to the procedure to allow for optimal imaging quality. There are no documented risks to having an ultrasound regardless of age or health status.
Preparation for the Procedure
Day of Procedure
Loose comfortable clothing is recommended.
We ask that you take one Tums, Gas X or Rolaid to decrease bloating to allow our ultrasound technicians to capture a the best possible picture.
After the Procedure
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